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Thank so much to all of you who were kind enough to send me the attention-grabbing article from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal (as my friend Edna said, “…front page below the fold, piece on World Series of mahjong rules allowing chicken hand strategy. Might be fodder for blog column. Edna”). 

I love the fact that you think of me and this blog when you read something about Mah Jongg.

According to the article, the World Series of Mahjong begins today in Macau at the Venetian Macau Casino and the “chicken hand” will be allowed.” And for those of you who didn’t have a chance to read the article, here’s the start of it. For the rest, follow the link here.

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  1. Mel

    We use the chicken hand when teaching Hong Kong Mah Jong. Not sure I would want it in a tournament though. Not that I would play in a tournament 🙂 We play Hong Kong with another couple at least monthly and have recently set a 3 Fan rule and it has really bumped up the quality and strategy of our games. We are in no hurry as we eat, drink and play all day! There are a couple of once in a life time hands I hope to get.


    1. Mel

      A ‘chicken’ hand has no points. Just any 3 sets and a pair. It keeps someone working on a special hand or one with more points from winning. The tournament officials want to have beginners able to play too. It is frustrating to experienced players who are trying to get a better hand. Chicken is easy to get. Good for learning the basics of Chinese or Hong Kong MahJong.


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