HOW DO WE FIND HER?

Have you been looking for Toby Salk, one of our great Mah Jongg teachers? Well, if you happen to be in the Bay Area, specifically Berkeley, just look for a car carrying her fabulous license plate!

License plateI love this license plate!

 

STAY STRONG AND MAHJ ON…

THREE INTERNS, BREAST CANCER AND MAH JONGG.

WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?

               Pictured from left to right: Moriah Berry, Jordyn Fishman, and Alexis Miller 

               Pictured from left to right: Moriah Berry, Jordyn Fishman, and Alexis Miller

There are certain experiences that bond people for life. For us, it was being daughters of breast cancer warriors. We met during the summer of 2013 when we interned through an internship program and became fast friends. Throughout the school year, the three of us made sure to get together every break when we were home to catch up and reminisce. Our friendship grew. We were there for each other through break-ups, graduations, and even cancer. While other friends might not have understood the impact of watching your mother lose her hair, changing drains, and having to hold a mother’s hand through surgery, we all just got it.

Over Thanksgiving break 2014, we had an idea. Why not plan an event dedicated to our moms, who all have survived breast cancer, and raise awareness? We were all inspired by the shear strength and courage our mothers displayed, and wanted to do something to honor them and all they have done for us. That is how Stay Strong and Mahj On came to fruition. Our mothers are all avid Mah Jongg players, as are we. We could not think of a better way to celebrate our mothers, while working towards a good cause.

The money raised from the event will benefit the Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, Illinois. This Center has helped our families as well as thousands of others dealing with cancer. We are honored and excited to plan this event, and it is providing a fun diversion to our full-time schoolwork. With your help, we hope to raise enough money to help support a nutritionist for the Cancer Wellness Center and help spread awareness about breast cancer, especially through our personal narratives.

STAY STRONG AND MAHJ ON…

THREE INTERNS, BREAST CANCER AND MAH JONGG.

WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?

               Pictured from left to right: Moriah Berry, Jordyn Fishman, and Alexis Miller 

               Pictured from left to right: Moriah Berry, Jordyn Fishman, and Alexis Miller

There are certain experiences that bond people for life. For us, it was being daughters of breast cancer warriors. We met during the summer of 2013 when we interned through an internship program and became fast friends. Throughout the school year, the three of us made sure to get together every break when we were home to catch up and reminisce. Our friendship grew. We were there for each other through break-ups, graduations, and even cancer. While other friends might not have understood the impact of watching your mother lose her hair, changing drains, and having to hold a mother’s hand through surgery, we all just got it.

Over Thanksgiving break 2014, we had an idea. Why not plan an event dedicated to our moms, who all have survived breast cancer, and raise awareness? We were all inspired by the shear strength and courage our mothers displayed, and wanted to do something to honor them and all they have done for us. That is how Stay Strong and Mahj On came to fruition. Our mothers are all avid Mah Jongg players, as are we. We could not think of a better way to celebrate our mothers, while working towards a good cause.

The money raised from the event will benefit the Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, Illinois. This Center has helped our families as well as thousands of others dealing with cancer. We are honored and excited to plan this event, and it is providing a fun diversion to our full-time schoolwork. With your help, we hope to raise enough money to help support a nutritionist for the Cancer Wellness Center and help spread awareness about breast cancer, especially through our personal narratives.

I’M TRYING TO FIND THE RIGHT WORDS…

I was feeling really awful tonight – this is the worst allergy season EVER – when I received a call from my doorman telling me that there was a flower delivery for me. I couldn’t imagine who was sending me flowers this evening and boy, oh boy, was I ever surprised to receive the most beautiful arrangement from…my current Mah Jongg class! A beautiful card was included: “To the BEST Mah Jongg teacher from your grateful students”

I really cannot tell you how touched I am by this truly extravagant and beautiful gesture from twelve wonderful women. It has been such an honor to teach this group of women and I look forward to playing Mah Jongg with them all for many years to come.

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WE KNOW ABOUT DUPLICATE BRIDGE BUT HOW ABOUT DUPLICATE MAH JONGG?!

From Mahjong NEWS comes this exciting article about the newest addition to Mah Jongg – Duplicate Mah Jongg!

Published on Thursday, 14 May 2015 04:45

Written by Tina Christensen

New Mahjong International League Elevating Mahjong As A Mind Sport – Introduces New Duplicate Mahjong Rules

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Pavel Anokhin, Li Wenlong, Li Ping, and Jiao Linghua demonstrate Duplicate Mahjong.

BEIJING, China 11 May 2015- Mahjong International League – A new development on the world scene: a group dominated by young players from Beijing club Fangzhuang have been working on a plan to “sportify” mahjong with the intension of entering mahjong into the family of mind sports in the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA).

BEIJING, China 11 May 2015- Mahjong International League – A new development on the world scene: a group dominated by young players from Beijing club Fangzhuang have been working on a plan to “sportify” mahjong with the intension of entering mahjong into the family of mind sports in the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA).

The group includes world famous players such as Xu Huaou (4th in the WMC 2010 in Utrecht), Zhang Zhangfei (3rd in the WMC in 2012 in Chongqing), Li Li (winner of the WMC in 2007 in Chengdu) and Gao Jun. The director of the Fangzhuang club is Mrs. Zhou Guijun, referee at WMC’s. She is also the mother-in-law of Li Wenlong, who is the main contact point for the initiative that works towards the establishment of the Mahjong International League, MIL, and the acceptance of MIL into the International Mind Sports Associations, IMSA. The initiative has a strong sponsor in the back, Frank Wu, CEO of Ourgame aka Lianzhong and the support of José Damiani, Honorary President of IMSA. Representatives from mahjong organisations in Europe, Singapore, Japan and 8 Chinese provinses attended a preparatory workshop in Beijing for the establishment of MIL. The timeline aims for establishment on October 24-26, 2015, in Sanya, Hainan, China in connection with a tournament for some 400 players.

The attendents were also treated with two playing sessions of Duplicate Mahjong, a concept inspired by Contract Bridge with the purpose to remove the luck element of mahjong, which is an IMSA requirement. Duplicate Mahjong A session with 4 teams and one full game of 16 hands was played. (16 players, 4 teams, 4 tables). The wall set-up has been randomly determined. The wall set-up is manually duplicated for each table. The tiles are prepared so each player receives a box with three tile rows: 13, 11 and 10 tiles. The 13 tiles is the starting hand, the 10 and 11 is the player’s personal wall. No flower tiles are used. Each team has a team member at each of the four tables. Each team has one player in East posittion, one player in South etc. So all together the four team members experience all the four pre-set walls.

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Organizers prepare the duplicate trays.

After each hand the scores of the team members are added. The whole exercise means that the efforts of the player teams can be directly compared. Together the four team mates have played with exactly the same tiles as all the other teams. The game sessions were very convincing as a proof of concept. The game flow is quite different. In the beginning you really want to draw tiles from other players’ walls because you’re used to reaching for the place in the wall where the previous player drew a tile. But there are several advantages to having your personal wall. You can always reach it. For players who are not tall, this can be an issue at most mahjong tables. Also, when you claim a tile (call, discard and then claim) you are never colliding with the next player trying to draw a tile while you are trying to claim the last discard. And if you knock over tiles, it’ll be your own, so less awkwardness. I am certain some players willl find this game flow strange. If someone makes a pung, normally that means that you will now draw a different tile in the wall than you would have without the pung. With you personal wall that is not the case. Reruns were shown were the game play of the same hand at the four tables is viewed simultaneously.

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Trays used for preparing predetermined identical walls to be played at each table.

This is evidently a wonderful analytical tool. While the Fangzhuang club can handle the logistics, I believe it will take a while before Europe is ready to try out the concept IRL. The number of special tile trays to prepare, the number of mahjong sets and human resources is staggering. However, an on online platform will be released late June for international online playing of Duplicate Mahjong, so everyone can try out the concept. The rules are MCR, though likely in a version closer to the original 1998 edition, rather than the current MCR rules.

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Shen Yangsheng, Zhou Guijun, Tina Christensen, Kimito Kugimiya trying their hand at Duplicate Mahjong.

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