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The Game of Mah Jong - Patricia A. Thompson


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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A great book for beginners of Mahjong


from Perth Western Australia

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


    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
    Plain tiles
    Wind and dragon tiles
    Flower and season tiles
    Design variations
    The scoring groupsp. 14
    Background to the gamep. 16
    The objectivep. 16
    Let's playp. 18
    A hand
    A round
    A game
    The wind of the round
    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
    Winds and 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: 64
    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