I always wondered why a new card comes out on April, 1st.—April Fool’s Day. Could the League be having a joke with it’s members? It’s the members of the League’s Board of Directors are some of the people who create it every year, deciding which hands to use and every year’s production is unique, some are more challenging than others (although I find hands from previous years frequently pop up again) and this one’s is no exception.
So let’s see what some of the unique features of this year’s card are.
The most obvious one is the number of hands that require one or more Pairs. That’s almost every hand in every Section. There is only one hand in the 2468, Consecutive Run, 369 and Sections, two Odd hands, two Quint hands, and two Winds/Dragon hands that require no Pair, —and that’s it! Nine out of 44—not counting Singles and Pairs. And the last two Consecutive hands are even more difficult. Two hands call for five Pairs—the 6th Even hand and the 5th 369 hand. My favorite Like Numbers hand with Flowers is gone. So that’s the bad news.
The good news is that 2011 requires one Soap.
Lots of 2s, and 1s, 7s , more Kongs of Dragons, still Kongs of Flowers, are some of the features of the card. An Exposure of a Pung of East or West reveals a Closed hand and a Pung of any Dragon reveals the Like Numbers hand. Exposure of a Pung of 8s is not from an Even hand. It’s either the 1st. or 2nd Consecutive hand, or the 4th. Winds/Dragon hand. Exposure of a Pung of nines is either the 3rd. Winds/Dragon hand or the 2nd. Consecutive Run hand. Finally, prices have gone up for some hands.
I suspect that with time and playing , it will get “easier”. Or maybe not. But don’t despair! There’s always next year!
Til next time…
MAY TH TILES BE WITH YOU!
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