October 25, 2010
RETURN A CALLED TILE?
The other day I had a surprise call from a former student who was now playing in a regular game once a week. She was calling from her game and I could hear the chatter of voices in the background.
It’s always fun to hear from former students who are really enjoying the game and have made fast friends with their “class mates”. And after the Hi!s and How are you?s, she explained the group was having a disagreement and she asked for a “ruling”.
The “rule” is a player may call for a tile, place it up on the rack and return it, if no other part of the Exposure has been made. Once any part of the Exposure is made, the called tile is not returnable. The player who challenged was not altogether mistaken, but she was quoting a tournament rule.
Mah Jongg tournaments are very strictly organized, competitive and the top prizes can be in the thousands of dollars. Tournament rules differ from the rules of a regular Mah Jongg game. For example, there are very strict time limits to a game. Players play in rounds of 4 games at one table, move to another table for another round of 4 games, etc. Games are scored. Winning players get a score, and rules for disqualification may vary from one another, depending on who the sponsor is and so any special rules a tournament may impose are usually announced at the beginning so everyone knows what they are. They are held in resort towns, on cruises, to raise money for charitable organizations, hotels, and any place that can accommodate sometimes hundreds of players.
So Til next time…