Mahjong Strategy

Wed, 28 May 2008 20:09

Mahjong Strategy

Strategies for the game mahjong.

Mahjong is a game that has been around for quite some time.  As a matter of fact, it has been speculated that this game has been traced two thousand years ago (approximately at around 500 B.C.) during the rule of King Wu.  It has also been suggested by most scholars that the legendary Chinese philosopher Confucius has invented the game.  As a proof of this claim, scholars linked the appearance of mahjong with the travels of Confucius, asserting that he propagated this game while preaching his doctrines across Asia.  However, it must also be pointed out that there is actually no solid evidence that Confucius himself invented the game mahjong.  Nevertheless, it should be noted that this game has been around for a very very long time.

Basically, Mahjong is a four-player game which requires that a player create complete suits or what most people call as melds.  Whoever accomplishes this first would be hailed the winner.  The common misconception of this game is that luck primarily dictates the entire flow of the game.  Contrary to this obviously misguided public assumption, mahjong is mostly
a game of seasoned skill, intricate calculation, and carefully-planned strategies.  Thus, to help you improve your mahjong playing skills, here are some useful mahjong tips and strategies:

*Memorize Mahjong's rule by heart.
To overcome all your opponents it is essential that you are capable of slightly tilting the rules to your advantage.  Keeping all these rules in your head is also helpful in making quick and snappy decisions that are vital determining factors of the game.

*Plan your moves ahead.
Planning is highly essential in winning this game; therefore, it is highly advisable that you count or calculate how much tiles away are you from winning the match.

*Take a lot of chances.
Doing a lot of calculation will be a very futile effort unless you put these calculations into practice.  Thus, it is a must that you discard those tiles which are not that essential to your hand.

*Discard your tiles cautiously.
Now, this might sound a bit contradictory to what was mentioned earlier but by plainly tossing every piece of tile that you find useless without considering its effects on your game is a sure fire way to losing the game.  Planning must also be observed when making such decisions.

*Try to get rid of those tiles that are on top of your pile first.
Keeping these tiles all throughout the game would practically limit the number of moves that you are capable of during the latter part of the game.  While it is mostly true that the mahjong match's early stages can be crucial, it is in the latter part of the game that would very much determine if the outcome is either favorable to you or to your opponents.

*Formulate your own personalized strategy.
Since mahjong is a very ancient game that has been passed on from one generation to another, several modifications on this game has inevitably occurred in the process.  Thus, other than just merely memorizing the basic rules of this game, it is also advisable that you come up with your own set of strategies to win the game.