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.
To top off what I have been told was a most enjoyable day, Barbara made the following hand:
It is one of the difficult closed pairs hand – always a great accomplish to mahj on this hand. But that is not what is so special about this particular Mah Jongg. As Susan wrote to me:
“OK. It’s a pairs hand….FF 44 55 66 77 88 99 DD
Not SO unusual….. BUT….she made this hand as EAST before the first tile was thrown.
This can only happen when one is EAST. After the last right on which Barbara made a blind pass….she optioned one tile with WEST and received the tile that completed her Mah Jongg. So…instead of throwing the first tile….she exposed her Mah Jongg!
Have you EVER seen this happen? It was a first for me…and Barbara, too.
WOW! Most of us only dream of something like this happening and so, congratulations to Barbara on the equivalent of a Mah Jongg “hole-in-one.” Oh, BTW and not surprisingly, Barbara came in first at the tournament!