Mahjong Strategy: Keep thinking !

Mahjong Strategy

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In this article describes what we should do when there seems to be nothing to do.

Before going to the main topic, let me share the accident I encountered.

Hmm, good hand. Maybe too good.

Well, I was 2nd at South 1, and had Mangan Tenpai hand. What I should’ve think here ?

58p seems to be good wait because the player on the left has already discarded 2p and 8p, and the player on the right has discarded 7p at 3rd turn. So this can be the final form and there seems be nothing to consider. But…

Yes, I should’ve been prepared for this tile. What to discard ?

I considered for some seconds and discarded 5p because I could see 4 of 58p and 3 of 69p.

But this was bad choice because 1. discarding 5p from the hand will provide a lot of info to opponents,compared to discarding 9p directly, 2. I can’t expect opponents to discard 6p.

Consequently I missed winning and the player across won this round.

But the worst thing is that I was not prepared for 9p and it took me a few seconds to figure that out . I had enough time because there is no calling judgement and push/fold judgement, so I should’ve thought “what tile makes me hesitate”.

Other than this, there are many things we can do when we have time, like

  1. confirming points of each opponent
  2. estimating speed of each opponent
  3. counting safety tiles in our hand for each opponent
  4. counting honor tiles….etc.

If you feel you got tired of thinking and aim for easy wins, it is a good sign to stop playing.

Hope this article will be of some help to you !