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By Tom Sloper
October 27, 2013

No. #582

American Mah Jongg (2013 NMJL card). Defense.

1. Like Numbers #1. Hot tiles are 2B F. F is key (she needs a pair; if she can't make a pair because more than six Fs are visibly dead on the table, she's dead).

2. Consec. #2 or #5. Hot tiles are 1B 3C 3D F. F is key (if you see more than six Fs dead on the table, she can't be making Consec. #5, so defend against Consec. #2 instead).

3. Sevens #2. Hot tiles are 5C F; 5C is key.

4. Evens #3; Fs and fours and sixes are key. Look to see if F or 4D or 4B or 6D or 6B is dead on the table. If a four or a six is dead, she ways she can make the hand are limited (and you know how to defend). If F is dead, call her dead (and as I've explained before, you should call her dead).

5. If she has discarded since making the exposure, call her dead. "2013" is not a legal exposure.

6. Consec. #5. Hot tiles are 2B 5B F. Watch her discards, and watch how she reacts if a player riskily discards 2B or 5B.

7. Consec. #2 or Consec. #5 or Odds #2. Hope for clues (this is a toughie). Watch what she discards, and how she reacts to the discards of others.

8. This is 369 #4. 9C and F are hot; F is key.

9. Sevens #3. Hot tiles are 4B F. 4B is key.

10. She's making 369 #4. 6B and F are hot.

11. No such hand. Call her dead.

12. Consec. #3. Hot tiles are R F. R is key.

13. Consec. #5. Hot tiles are 3C 6C F. Watch her discards.

14. Consec. #2 or Consec. #5. Hot tiles are 3B 5D 5C and F. F is key; watch for clues.

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