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Much thanks to all of you for your responses to yesterday’s call for help. Mah Jongg people truly are the best people!

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Sponsored by Women of SSTTE

  come alone or bring your friends

          We will follow the National Mahjong League Rules

WHEN:    Sunday, November 16, 2014

WHERE:     Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El

2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583

              9:30 AM- 10:00AM         Arrival (complimentary coffee, tea, and a light breakfast)

             10:00 AM – 12:55PM      Tournament begins, Play Rounds 1 – 3 (55 minutes/round)

              1:00 PM – 1:40 PM          Lunch and Dessert (Included in fee)

              1:45PM – 4:45 PM          Play Rounds 4 – 6 (55 minutes/round)

               5:00 PM                          Awards – Cash prizes

All-inclusive Entry Fee $50.00

Questions: Call Randee Horowitz at 914-472-3420 or

    email randee.horowitz@gmail.com

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Email address_________________________________________________

Telephone #___________________     I will bring a Mah Jongg Set : Yes___ No___

Would you be willing to play the East Position?

Yes____ No_____ (East scores each round of 4 games)

Is this your first tournament?     Yes_____ No______

Level of play Intermediate ______ Advanced _____

Amount Enclosed $________________   ($50.00 per player) payable to: Women of SSTTE

     Return by Nov. 1, 2014:

           Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El

2 Ogden Road

Scarsdale, NY 10583

Questions: call Randee at 914-472-3420 or                  

Attention: Randee Horowitz                 email randee.horowitz@gmail.com



I received a lovely email this morning from our friend Linda S. who always lets us know about Mah Jongg tournaments in N. Bellmore, NY. Here is a schedule of some upcoming tournaments for those of you who are always looking for tournament play. And, along with the calendar, please note that Linda is part of a duo (Martha is the other person) hosting a wonderful website – onebamtwocrak.com – with a wonderful mission:

Our mission is to change the world for the better through Mah Jongg, one player at a time.

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Sandi’s Mah Jongg Cruise

Princess Cruise Line                       Golden Princess

Departing from and returning to Long Beach, CA

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Much thanks to reader Linda Shumsey who sent this announcement about an upcoming tournament on Long Island. Let me know about any other Mah Jongg tournaments going on and please be sure to send photos of the event!

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I was so very happy to once again receive one of Gladys Grad’s Mah Jongg Madness newsletters yesterday – I know how difficult everything has been for her since she lost her darling husband Phil a couple of weeks ago. But Gladys – also known as the Grand Master of American Style Mah Jongg Tournaments – is a strong and wonderful lady, devoted to the game of Mah Jongg and to all of the people who look forward to her newsletter, her tournaments, and everything else she does to promote the game. Gladys, it’s great to hear from you again!


Here’s a picture of Gladys with her wonderful husband, Phil.
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A number of questions and comments have come in to the blog lately and so I thought I would take this chance to answer a few of them as best as possible:

The first question comes from Jill who initially wrote about the enrobed set she inherited from her grandmother:  Hi Ann, Hope you are doing well! Did anyone ever respond to you about my enrobed tiles?  I just picked up what appears to be a vintage Japanese Mah Jongg set. It has never been used. The label on the bottom of the case says “Kimura, Japan”. It is a very compact case with velvet lined trays. There is a booklet of directions which is titled ” Chinese Game of Four Winds”. Might you be familiar with this? Thank you!  Jill

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 One of my favorite Mah Jongg experts, Tony Watson, has taken a shot at this (before he had a chance to see any of these photos):  Without a pic it’s difficult, but I’m guessing it’s a urea resin set, small tiles with thick white top backed with thin bamboo, deeply impressed designs in a tiny suitcase. The booklet is a standard title that comes with many sets. Probably from the 60s/70s. But I’m only shooting the breeze here!

And, after Tony saw the photos, he added: Yes, probably 70s, I have a slide-top set with the same birdbam, but these dragons are very unusual for the Japanese sets, they look like those in Matthew & Johni’s mystery sets. Material is as I said before, urea, and very fine impressed designs – excellent quality, which is why they look brand new. I’m intrigued by the tiles to the top of the dragons… I can’t make out what they are, but they appear to have a 1 on them???

And you have all heard me extol the virtues of the great Mah Jongg teacher, Johni Levene, who wrote: I’m with Tony here – it seems 1970’s ish. I have one and know absolutely nothing about it but they are a nice quality and it’s pretty so I kept it.

And then Johni added more comments: Oh wait, that’s totally not the set I thought it was now that I see more tiles. Still, I think it’s the same time period. I’ve not seen it in that case before though, but it’s probably one of those private label type things. Here is one I have handy with a different bird. Its a slightly different style than hers and a bit later.


Here is a close up of the bam, not the same as the mystery set.


I love the Mah Jongg community!

Read on for more questions and comments…

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