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I received a message from Karla (and the Chopstick Chicks!) in Woodruff, Wisconsin. There is a fund-raising Mah Jongg tournament there - the fund-raiser will benefit The Fix Is In, a mobile spay and neuter pet clinic – on August 21st and she needs our help in figuring out how to make her tournament successful. Please send me your thoughts and comments!

Here is Karla’s message and the information on the tournament. If you are in the Woodruff vicinity, please plan to attend and help support this fund-raiser.

Hello Ann,
I found your blog on-line and was wondering if you have any suggestions for promoting a MJ tournament that is being held in Woodruff, Wisconsin on August 21. I have attached the registration form. You will see that it is a fundraiser for a local non-profit. The link to the form is http://the-fix-is-in.org/Mah%20Jongg%20Registration.pdf.
Also, if you have any ideas on how to make a tournament like this successful, I would love to hear them.
Many thanks,

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I’ve received a couple of messages from Georgelle in Naples, Florida, and she would like your opinions – please send them to me. Here’s the situation:

I discarded a North, called it a Soap, which is what I meant it to be when I discarded.  That was because I simply wasn’t paying attention and picked up the wrong tile.  I had a North and a Soap sitting on my rack together.  I actually picked up a North and threw it calling it a Soap.    One of my opponents saw the North, said that’s not a Soap.  The gals said I had to discard the North — even though I called it a Soap.  Thus the lady Mah Jongg’d with the North tile — which I didn’t intend to throw, but did it stupidly. 
I paid for myself and the other two players.  Was that necessary?  

Thanks from our whole group — most of whom have been playing for twenty or thirty years.  Me — only about four years, but never did such a stupid thing.  Just was talking and not paying attention.
Thanks for your help.

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Barbara and Susan – also known as The Mah Jongg Doctors – spent this past Sunday at a tournament in Danbury, CT.  The tournament was a benefit for AAUW (The American Association of University Women - AAUW - advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research). The venue sounds as if it couldn’t have been lovelier – a lakeside location with an outdoor area to sit and chat between games. 

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I have received a number of inquiries regarding the definition of and how to obtain Mah Jongg Master Points®. Thanks to Gladys Grad, the Grand Master of American Style Mah Jongg Tournaments, today’s posting will explain the system:

Q. What are Mah Jongg Master Points?

A. MAH JONGG MASTER POINTS(MJMP) is a system where Mah Jongg players can accumulate points to achieve ranks by participating in sanctioned and certified Mah Jongg Tournaments where American-Style Mah Jongg is played. The National Mah Jongg League’s (NMJL) annual card is used during game play. Continue reading



IMG_1543Although our wall is a bit crooked, please take a look at the bottom of the photo where the last two tiles form a “T” – when the OMs play, we turn the last two tiles so that we know that is the end of the wall and we should be picking our tiles from the other end.  Whether or not this is sanctioned, this is one of our table rules. But Gladys Grad has answered a question in her monthly Mah Jongg Madness newsletter concerning players who pick from the wrong end of the wall. Read on… Continue reading