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The Game of Mah Jong - Patricia A. Thompson

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Published: July 1996
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A total introduction to every phase of the game using both text and illustrations.

Although Mah Jong has been played by many nationalities through the ages, there are few books on the game. Some early books, translated from the Chinese, make hilarious reading and are virtually impossible to comprehend. Most books for beginners assume that the reader has some elementary knowledge of the game.

In this well-thought out book, the player is introduced to every phase by a clear explanation followed by illustrations which enable an easy step-by-step development of the game. Scoring is set out in simple tabulated form, with illustrations of scoring for specific hands. Altogether fifty-one hands are fully illustrated making this an invaluable handbook for newcomer and experienced player alike.

About the Author

Patricia Thompson and Betty Maloney are well established experts in Mah Jong and have written several books on the game.

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5.0

Excellent book for new and advanced players.

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from Sydney

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about The Game of Mah Jong:

    Easy to follow Well illustrated. Good reading about rules and easy to understand

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    4.0

    A great book for beginners of Mahjong

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    from Perth Western Australia

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative
    • Relevant
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Reference
      • Special Needs
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about The Game of Mah Jong:

      A great reference book setting out the rules of Mahjong and how to score. It could be a slightly better book if the examples of the games had colour illustrations, however this is a small criticism. (The companion book of games has colour illustrations).

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      Introductionp. 5
      The tilesp. 5
      The setp. 6
      Number of tiles
      Suits
      Plain tiles
      Wind and dragon tiles
      Flower and season tiles
      Accessories
      Design variations
      The scoring groupsp. 14
      Pung
      Kong
      Chow
      Pair
      Background to the gamep. 16
      The objectivep. 16
      Let's playp. 18
      Rules
      Courtesies
      Penalties
      Strategies
      A hand
      A round
      A game
      The wind of the round
      Counters
      Scoringp. 24
      The ground score
      Doubling the ground score
      Versions of the game
      The Chinese gamep. 27
      The objective
      Scoring a Chinese hand
      Mah Jong termsp. 30
      Teaching childrenp. 31
      Special handsp. 32
      How to use the illustrations
      Scoring for special hands
      Summary of scoring for special handsp. 50
      Further variations of special handsp. 51
      Two players
      Three players
      Five playersp. 59
      Synopsis of special handsp. 60
      Suits only
      Winds, dragons and, suit
      Honours
      Winds
      Winds and dragons
      Dragons
      The game in briefp. 62
      Tournament playp. 63
      Bibliographyp. 63
      Indexp. 64
      Seating indicator
      Doubling table
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      ISBN: 9780864173027
      ISBN-10: 0864173024
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 63
      Published: July 1996
      Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 18.0  x 0.6
      Weight (kg): 0.21
      Edition Number: 1