July 22, The Year Of The Pig
Mahjong Competition Rules.
Sometimes you're darned if you do and you're darned if you don't. The last day of the OEMC in Copenhagen last month, here's what I was holding (as depicted in my photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsloper/):
Mahjong Competition Rules. Sometimes you're darned if you do and you're darned if you don't. The last day of the OEMC in Copenhagen last month, here's what I was holding (as depicted in my photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsloper/):
I picked 8D, and unless I wanted to dog the hand (give up on winning and throw something safe) I could only throw 7D or 8D. I chose 8D, and Jeppe Stig Nielsen of Denmark scored big on it.
Let's say we run the time machine back and I throw 7D instead. Only problem is, Marco Lorenzi of Italy would have won on that:
Found this next one going through my notes. During a practice game at Fata Morgana café in Copenhagen, I was holding:
This presaged the situation in which I found myself a day or two later, the first morning of the OEMC (column 325). The hand could go towards Thirteen Orphans or towards a Knitted & Honors hand. But unlike that game against Tatsuro Tanioka, this time the weight was towards Knitted & Honors. The breaks between the tiles tell the tale. The tiles in the middle work either way. The tiles at left work only for Thirteen Orphans; the tiles at right work only for Knitted & Honors. Four to three. Better to go where the strength is.
And here's a hand I won at Fata Morgana:
Kong (1) of round wind (2), pung of terminals (1), pung of dragons (2), All Types (6), Outside Hand (4). I also had 2 flowers, 18+8=26 from the discarder. In session 6 on Saturday, I made this:
Pure Straight. I had six of the eight flowers, for a total score of 23.
Check out Benjamin Boas' blog, where he describes the strategy he used at OEMC'07: go for the quick hands. http://mahjongfulbright.blogspot.com/
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Photos of the 2007 OEMC in Copenhagen.
Photos of the Fourth China Majiang Championship and Forum in Tianjin, 2006.
Photos of the Third China Majiang Championship and Forum in Beijing, 2005.
The official website of the Third China Majiang Championship and Forum in Beijing, 2005.
The official website of the Open European Mahjong Championship
Photos of the 2005 OEMC
Photos of the 2003 CMOC.
Photos of the 2002 WCMJ.
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