To see nav frame at left and list of columns above, click here.
To display only the list of columns above, tap here.
SLOPER ON MAH-JONGG
Tom Sloper's column dishes strategy, rules, etiquette, and even the amusing foibles of mah-jongg players. And it's free!
TO READ A COLUMN: Click its entry in the header frame, above. Scroll through the list to see more columns.
Frequently referenced columns:
How Many Flowers and Jokers (American): Column 509
What To Look For When Buying A Set: Column 547
The Big Square: Column 492
The 1920s Bone/Bam Boxed Set: Column 610
Picking from the Wall (American): Column 481
Oops, Wait, I Changed My Mind: Column 499
The Window of Opportunity, v1.0, 2010: Column 458
The Window of Opportunity, v2.0, 2015: Column 639
Sloper's defense strategy terminology:
Charleston Strategy: The Four Steps, part 1 (American):
Charleston Strategy: The Four Steps, part 2 (American):
Charleston Strategy: The Four Steps (Updated, Revised, June 2019):
On Stopping The Charleston: Columns
The 3-Player Charleston:
What If Everybody Wants To Blind Pass?
The Most Powerful Hand on the NMJL Card: Column 604
Dealing With Slow Players: Column 375
The Psychology of Slow Players:
Blurting Information, Paying Attention: Column 467
Why Roll Dice? Column 403
Hot Wall / Cold Wall (American): Column 513
Win by Joker Redemption 1 (American): Column 497
Win by Joker Redemption 2 (American): Column 580
Misnaming a Discard (American): Column 472
Rules vs. Strategies: Column 512
Is It A Rule? (NMJL), Part 1:
Is It A Rule? (NMJL), Part 2:
Is It A Rule? (NMJL), Part 3:
NMJL rulebook revision 2013: Column 667
NMJL rulebook revision 2018: Column 696
Words, Part 1 (steal, call): Column 353
Words, Part 2 (pick, draw, pass, pure, neutral): Column 460
Words, Part 3 (run): Column 463
Words, Part 4 (deal, a story with words): Column 477
Words, Part 5 (antique, vintage, modern, old): Column 502
Words, Part 6 (hold): Column 656
Joker Bait (American): Column 423
Heavenly Hand: Column 666
Introducing Yelda: Column 387
Yelda Revisited: Column 416
Phase Strategy (un-American variants): Column 542
American Mah-Jongg (2003 NMJL card. What's the only hand on the 2003 card that uses all three pairs? Is that your best option?
Chinese Official International Rules. You're dealer. Which tile do you discard first?
American Mah-Jongg (2003 NMJL card. It's the first left pass of the Charleston. What would you pass at this point?
Chinese Official International Rules. What two hands would you go for with this deal?
The above are just quick examples of what you can get in the columns. TO READ THE COLUMNS: Click the entries in the header frame, above.
NOTE: Because of my work schedule, I cannot always post a column every week.
The tile graphics used in this column are primarily a font that was modified by the author (adding corner indices and a Joker tile from a font created by Yoshiki Kita and available for free download at
http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~mn8y-kt/font/font.html. Occasionally, the "Canton" font has been used in some columns. The Canton font is available for sale at http://www.partae.com/fonts/canton/canton.html.
Got a comment or question about the column? Your variant under-represented? Click here to comment or to inform the author of your preferred variant. Not sure which variant you play? Read FAQ 2b.
If you appreciate the free information on this site, your donation would be gratefully accepted, and would help keep this site running as a free service.
Copyright 2003-2020 Tom Sloper. All rights reserved.