Mahjong: Lots of fun

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The Mahjong competition was fun. I didn't get far, but the event was well planned, the rules were great to play, and the people; competitors and crew; were great.

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I didn't make the second round of the competition. I carelessly provided the winning tiles for a few games, even when I knew that those tiles might very well be the winning tiles. I won't do that next time. Yes, next time. If I'm free, I'll go back next year although I'm quite sure the competition will be even harder.

The interesting thing about this competition is that it was designed to allow as many people as possible internationally to learn and enjoy the game. To that end, the organisers found a mahjong guru and they designed a set of rules that was the middle ground between Cantonese mahjong which is too minimal and restrictive for an international game, and Taiwanese Mahjong which is way too complicated for all but the fully dedicated players. The rules are available from the organiser's web site. I'm sure a lot of you will find the various sets very interesting.

The competition will be much harder next year because several online mahjong sites in at least three languages including English, Chinese and Japanese have licensed the rules from the organisers and will be launched within the coming months. People all over the world will be able to learn and practice the World Series rules online. It'll make a big difference to the game.

By the way, I learned to play mahjong a lifetime ago in a game centre in China Town, Sydney, Australia ;-)

I can't wait to play again next year.

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7 Responses to “Mahjong: Lots of fun”
  1. Francis Kam says:

    One elderly at home is close to 90 years old, and everytime she's in town, she plays few rounds of mahjong. I lost a few hundred dollars to her before. Mahjong is a nice caring game.

  2. Bobo says:

    haha....didn't know that you can play mj too....will call you when we are on 3 lack one next time...hahahaahah....amazing!!

  3. helenylw20 says:

    Hey, Greg, glad to see that you had fun in the game. You make me suddenly have the desire to learn mahjong, will start tomorrow...:D

  4. sapphire says:

    Thanks for sharing the interesting story!
    Some said playing mahjong can prevent us from getting Alzheimer's disease. Hmmm...I might start learning ASAP....hahaha!

  5. Malaysia lady says:

    Hi Greg !
    How are you doing now ? The last time I read your blog, you said something about Mexico. Anyway, mahjong are for people who like to catch up with the latest news. I still enjoy watching you in the HK t.v. series. Take care.

  6. May Tang says:

    Hi, Kwok Wing,

    I saw you there in last week, because I'm one of that competition's participants. It's really a exciting & joyful experience for me, although I couldn't go to far in the game. Hope can see you again in next year competition.

  7. Pegasus@Taipei says:

    可以學會打麻將
    我是一點都不會
    因為看不懂
    所以學不起來

    也許有機會該到你介紹的網站study一下the rules
    或許以後有機會學會 :)

    聽說打麻將對於預防大腦老化很好的