Mahjong Strategy: Riichi or Tanyao

Mahjong Strategy

This article describes the turning point from Riichi to Tanyao on early turns.

Hi all, thank you for checking this website ! I was tentative 2nd place at South 3, and this is the crossroad to Menzen Riichi or Tanyao.

We don’t see obvious fast player yet, but I had an impression this hand is a little bit slow for Riichi and went for Tanyao. 2 or 8 can be easily discarded, and this hand has pairs of 2m and 8s.

I seemed to be lucky and easily got Tanpai in 3 turns.

Again, this was just lucky, but you see the speed of Tanyao.

This is also a crossroad. We can pong 6p and change and wait from 7 character to 8 character. Important thing is that Kanchan wait is fixed, but Tanki wait is quite flexible. But in this case, 7 charater is not bad wait, and I didn’t want to make my hand any shorter, so I stayed.

And won !


In every article, I express 1 circle as 1p, 1 banboo as 1s, and 1character as 1m.