Mah Jongg…Keep The Brain Active

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The regulars of  the Mah Jongg Club

Mahjong is a game that originated in China, commonly played by four players (with some three-player variations found in Korea and Japan). Similar to the Western card game rummy, mahjong is a game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a certain degree of chance.

The game is played with a set of 136 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols, although some regional variations use a different number of tiles. In most variations, each player begins by receiving thirteen tiles. In turn players draw and discard tiles until they complete a legal hand using the fourteenth drawn tile to form four groups (melds) and a pair (head). There are fairly standard rules about how a piece is drawn, stolen from another player and thus melded, the use of simples (numbered tiles) and honours (winds and dragons), the kinds of melds, and the order of dealing and play. However there are many regional variations in the rules; in addition, the scoring system and the minimum hand necessary to win varies significantly based on the local rules being used.

For my preference, I prefer to play with the same group of girls, just so you all are on the same page with rules etc. It is a very challenging game but also gives you a little time once you know the game to have a little fellowship along the way. Just like anything else in life, the group you are with, can make it an very reward able experience or just a group of competitive ladies. I am very fortunate to have the best group ever to play with. Many laughs are shared and it makes learning so much fun.
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I had to show you this photo…look real closely! Kathy, is wearing a Mah Jongg Bracelet! Too Cute huh?! This adorable lady is the one who taught me to play this game. She is very patient and if it weren’t for her I would never entered the Mah Jongg world. We have been playing together for 4 years now…I am so glad I stuck with it and didn’t give up. Just like life…when we stick with something and learn, it is such a rewarding experience!

If you are looking for a way to stimulate the brain…very important as we start to age☺ I highly recommend this enticing game. The National Mah Jongg League website is here…check it out.

Your turn…do you play Mah Jongg? If not, what game or craft challenges you?

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Laurie
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60 thoughts on “Mah Jongg…Keep The Brain Active

  1. What a pleasant surprise to learn that you play too. I used to play a lot but lack the time now. Wish you live nearby to challenge you a game or two 🙂

  2. Fun post! I have never played Mah Jongg, but I do love playing, ‘Mexican Train.’ We play with the same group of people as well, and share a lot of laughs, food and fellowship. Games are a great centerpiece to such great connections!

  3. I too play it far too regularly on my mobile phone, it’s very addictive. Looks like the ‘real’ version is equally so, and very competitive as well!

  4. Unitnow, I only know the computer game, where you have to find matching tiles to clean the board.
    How about a post on the kind of the game as the ladies are playing it

  5. Great post! We are currently in China and have seen some of the locals playing this game. Our IT guy would love to teach us but we seem to dense for him to make us understand how to play it.. ha ha.. in time… Thanks for sharing

    Maria

  6. i think the first time i heard of mah jong was from driving miss daisy…i’ve only played online…i imagine the real game like you play would be more challenging…i noticed her cute bracelet right away!

  7. When I was working a number of my neighbour lady friends got together to play cards once a week. Now that I’m retired at home, they’ve all gone back to work because their kids are grown…I guess I missed the boat. I do love that little bracelet, very cute. We played a tile game at my brothers called Mexican Train, I already forget the rules but we laughed like crazy.

  8. Wow, looks a bit difficult…. I already have trouble with Words with Friends on my Nook… LOL. I have heard that it is a fun game to learn, I just need visual teaching rather than text directions… 😀

  9. This reminds me of Scrabble. Thanks for the reminder as I love a good board game. I agree that they are good for the gray matter, and I love the idea that you all laugh together! 🙂

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  10. I love Mah Jongg! I’ve only played on the computer but I’m sure in person would be so much better. Someone would probably have to re-teach me though. I’m guessing it’s different than playing electronically 🙂

  11. Didn’t even realize you were taking the pictures with that cute little pink camera. What a surprise!!! Sorry you’re not in the picture.
    Annie

  12. I have never heard of this game but I think my granddaughter would love it because she takes Asian languages. I’m always learning something new. Thanks for adding to my education.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  13. Love Mah Jongg. Used to spend hours playing the electronic versions on the internet or computer. I’m for anything that keeps the mind active and exercised. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I have never played the game – but have watched Chinese men play it. It can get very intense and competitive. I always enjoy watching the gamers especially when the players are invested in the game.

  15. Man, what rock have I been hiding under? I have never heard of this game, but it sounds interesting! The only game that Roy and I play is on our Wii – The Game of Life! We always try to beat the computer players and steal all of their tokens in the game! LOL I also loved backgammon and Othello too!

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