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More Mah Jong, less dry

Alec Chapman
United Kingdom
Lincolnshire
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Today’s game saw the end of our third full game and another victory for me as my opponents were unable to score the very low points necessary to overturn my slender lead. Final score was
Alec: 20
P:16
G: -12
DB: -24
 
An interesting judgement call came up in my last hand of the day (Hand Two of Game Three).
At one point, with two sets already made (chicken ones, but I was leading, after all), my active hand consisted of the following tiles:
 
9C,9C 7B,8B,9B 7B,8B
(C=Characters, B=Bamboo)
 
I drew a tile that led to an interesting conundrum, the third nine of characters, making a concealed pung BUT jeapordising the overall plan.
 
It’s difficult to know exactly what the right thing to do is in such a situation. After all, I have two other pairs that may pay off, but the previously discarded tiles situation is crucial when making a call of this kind. I can’t remember the exact count, but I did know that the crucial nine of bamboo was definitely still out there (and hopefully not in the dead wall). What I actually did was go for “two identical sequences” and resulting 10 points and therefore discarded the third nine (a win on the alternative resulting chicken hand would only have been one point).
 
This is a crucial point – if you have self drawn something that completes a set you are under no obligation to declare this and lock it in, unlike the situation where you have claimed someone else’s discard.
 
As it happens, the very next player won on a self draw so I could not complete this hand. It was more upsetting than usual because the last tile required, the nine of Bamboo, was sitting in the living wall awaiting drawing (sometimes you just HAVE to check) so I’m comfortable I made the right call, despite it feeling unintuitive.
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