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By Tom Sloper (湯姆·斯洛珀)

January 28, The Year Of The Dog
Column #303

Mahjong Competition Rules ("Chinese Official"). The strategy book by world champion player Mai Hatsune and fellow Japanese championship player Takunori Kajimoto, Hatsune Mai no Sekai ni Katsu ("World-Class Mahjong with World Champion Mai Hatsune"), has finally been translated into English. Even better, the translation (by player/columnist Ryan Morris) is available for free on the Takeshobo website.

Mai Hatsune, as you may recall from previous columns, was the top-scoring individual player at the World Championship in Mahjong in Tokyo in 2002. Selected strategy topics from the book:

L to R: Mai Hatsune, Tom Sloper, Takunori Kajimoto

The photo above was taken in Hainan in 2003, but I've met the authors in competitions in Tokyo (2002), the Netherlands (2005), and Beijing (2005) as well.

The translation of Hatsune and Kajimoto's book is at


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