|By Tom Sloper
August 4, 2013
American Mah Jongg (2013 NMJL card). What would you pass?
1. Too bad this isn't an Elevens year. You want to do something with those flowers and ones. Consec. #3 is a possibility, and Odds #3, and even Sevens #1. Bams and dots can go.
2. Ones and eights don't go together, and never will. You're going to use one or the other, and not both. The eights have four numerical friends (high numbers), and the ones have just two. Think high Consec., and pass winds (I just love saying that).
3. Ones and sevens go together two ways: Sevens and Odds. The fours don't work with either. But the fours do team up well for Consec. #2 with the sevens. The expendable tiles are 4D 5D and the bams.
4. One of those hateful hodgepodge deals. Count highs vs. lows and odds vs. evens: six lows, four highs, six evens, four odds. Does G go with the evens? No, and it doesn't look useful for Consec., either. 369 doesn't look very hopeful, either. Pass a wind, a dragon, and a high odd (like that nine, or 7C if you want to preserve a 369 option).
5. Didn't get anything useful for Consec. #3 or Odds #3, but 7C looks useful. For the across, pass G, W, and any bam.
6. Looking very high-Consec. and not very Evens. Pass lows.
7. Strong for Consec. #2 or Sevens #1. Pass 1B N W.
8. Could go 369 or Consec. If there were any eights, Evens might even be an option, but there aren't. Pass twos and E.
9. No change. Pass 7B N W.
10. Lows and E can go.
11. Lots of possibilities, but G W and bams can go.
12. Looking better for Consec. now, and not 369. Pass 9D 2C and 3B. Keep the Charleston going.
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