|By Tom Sloper
June 23, 2013
American Mah Jongg (2013 NMJL card). What would you pass?
1. Everything's a mishmosh to the right of the joker; if you want to keep the dots to go for Odds #1, you'll need to break up W-D #2, which looks stronger. So don't do that. Pass anything to the right of the joker.
2. Suggests Consec. #1, but no fives. Could go Consec. #4, but no 2B. Pass 1D 3D 7C.
3. Two hands: Consec. #1 and W-D #2. For the latter, a pair of flowers will be necessary. Flowers are abundant, but making a pair from scratch is always hard. Pretty big risk. Pass N R E.
4. Clearly a start for Consec. #1, but no pair of nines. A weaker option is Consec. #4; the sevens are really iffy. Pass 4D 9C 3B.
5. Looking better for W-D #2; the extra winds offer a possible fallback, and 3D 5D 4B can go.
6. No clear hand. Think Consec. and get rid of the high numbers: 8C 9C 7D.
7. Focus on dots. Pass S Wh 1B
8. No thought necessary. Pass 1D 3D 7C.
9. Obvious; pass 8C 9C 7D
10. Still not clear what hand to go for. Pass S Wh, and any bam.
11. Clear: pass N R 7C.
12. Get rid of those three rightmost tiles.
13. Charleston is done; plan to discard 7C.
14. Dealer must discard; chuck 5D.
15. Can go Odds #1 or Consec. #1.
16. Going to need 9B pair. Good luck (you need it).
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