The Jaded Gamer

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Sometimes, an excess of wind is a good thing.

Alec Chapman
United Kingdom
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I beat my best ever Mah Jong hand last week with a small three wind (NNN; EEE; SS; B567; B4 triplet), one suit and honours collection worth a gorgeous 70 points in Zung Jung (from each player, so 210 points were due)
This was the first time; however, that anyone has got stung by being the discarder of the tile used to win. In these cases, in Kwan’s Zung Jung rules, the two non-discarding players losses are capped at 25 points apiece, making the discarding player responsible for all points above that (160 in this case). OUCH!
As it happens, I had been fortunate in achieving a self drawn nine tile straight in the previous all chow hand as well, for 35 points (x3 for 105) so took a commanding lead after the second hand.
Two other notables from this lunchtime. First, our fourth player who had previously been seconded to another department was finally back so all seats were filled. Secondly, this made it possible to complete the very first game we had started months ago which had been sitting there with seven of its eight hands completed for all that time. I was only able to build an all chow hand in the remaining round (coming tantalisingly close to two identical and three similar sequences) and got 5 points for my trouble which was unable to match the very first Dragon Pung from January.
If there’s one thing I have learned from the experience so far of playing Mah Jong (initially with Chinese Classical rules before moving onto these), it’s that sometimes the form factor can make the difference. I think there’s no question that if MJ was played with Cards, I would probably never have played it, or at least would have tried to teach these guys Tichu instead of Mah Jong (I may do that later anyway) and therefore missed out on the highs and lows of the hand builds I have seen so far.
That initial hand of the day, where I came so close to taking 50 points (for an all chow, two similar and three identical sequence hand) and nicking the game was a bummer when the proximity of my opponents to victory forced me to cash in at the lower value. This was so galling that it made the achievement of 315 points in the next two hands all the sweeter. Especially since it meant I whitewashed the session.
The contest continues.
Current scores are
Alec 3 games (best hand 70)
Gerard 1 game (best hand 20)
Pete 1 game (best hand 10)
Ben 0 (Chickens only).
Overall Points (completed games only) are:
Alec 138
Gerard 50
Ben -16
Piotr -38
Dead Hand -134
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