QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Here is a fairly extensive list of answers to questions about Mah-Jong. Some are asked frequently, others are more esoteric. I’ve tried to cater for both beginners and those with a good knowledge of the game.

In answering some of the questions I have given website references. These were correct at the time of publication.

Where the questions are about the rules of the game, the answers only relate to the British Mah-Jong Association (BMJA) rules. When I have been uncertain about an answer, I have sought the advice of Gwyn Headley and Yvonne Seeley – the authors of the rules. They have always been very helpful.

I am also obliged to the many people, from the UK and around the world, who have asked me questions and so made this chapter possible.

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Topics covered

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Equipment

 Mah-Jong SetsTilesChinese CharactersDragon TilesBonus tilesBlank Tiles TalliesRacksTables

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Preparing to play

Building the wallsThe kong boxNumbers of tilesWindsDirection of play

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Playing the game

ChowsPungsKongsPairsDiscarded tilesConcealed and exposed setsWindsKong boxDrawn gamePlaying dirtySpecial handsAnd pairsAnd exposed tilesAnd discardsPurityAll pair honoursKnittingTriple knittingBuried treasureImperial JadeAll Winds and DragonsThe wriggling snakeHeaven’s blessing FishingGoing Mah-JongNumbers of tilesShowing your tilesAnd East WindPrecedenceRobbing the kongThe goulashWild tilesOrigin of “goulash”

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Scoring

 Basic scoreDoublingSpecial handsAnd bonus tilesAnd doublingPurityAll pair honoursThree great scholars

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Miscellaneous

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