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By Tom Sloper
March 29, 2020

Column #734

American Mah Jongg (2020 NMJL card). It's that time of year: time to learn a new card! Every year the card has some repeat hands, some variations on previous hands, and some new hands. This column has a self-imposed word/image limit, so my analysis of the new 2020 card will take more than one column. Enough chitchat! Just the highlights in this week's column.

First: some notable departures from tradition:

Second: players commonly focus on the front of a new card, ignoring the back. But there have been significant changes on the back. Rule exceptions are now codified on the card. Details are now codified. Rules are rewritten.

Next week: more analysis of the 2020 card!

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