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SLOPER ON MAH-JONGG

By Tom Sloper
April 20, 2014

Column #601

American Mah Jongg (2014 NMJL card). Continuing defense by the numbers with the new card. An opponent is showing two pungs. What do you do?

1. Evens #6 is a concealed hand. Call her dead (and yes, as I explained last week, you should do so).

2. Two possibilities, both Odds: #1 and #5. You can look for clues: 1C 3C 5D 7D 5B 7B are all key tiles (I explained "key" last week). Look to see if any key tile is dead (I explained "dead" last week too).

3. Consec. #6; ones and twos are key (1C 1D 2C 2D).

4. Evens #5. The hot tiles are R and G. If she thinks she's doing Evens #6, she's got a problem (it's a concealed hand).

5. 369 #2. The hot tiles are 6B 6D 9B 9D.

6. Consec. #2. The hot tiles are 5D 7C.

7. Fives and nines; she must be making Odds #7 (a concealed hand); she must be called dead.

8. Consec. #2. The hot tiles are 7C 9B.

9. Odds #7 is a concealed hand (as discussed above).

10. Consec. #2 again (it's only the most powerful hand on the card). The hot tiles are 3B 5D.

11. 369 #5. No clue what her other suit is. Sixes are key (check to see if 6B or 6C is dead on the table).

12. Call her dead; the poor dear has forgotten to notice the C, indicating the hand is concealed.

13. Odds #7 yet again. Call her dead.

14. Consec. #6; 6B 6C 7B 7C are key tiles.

15. Evens #5; the hot tiles are soap and G.

16. Threes and nines, so 369 #5. 6B is key.



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