Mah Jong

Every Tuesday

Near Brewery or Potterne

Leader: Diana Slater
At 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00
This is a game similar to rummy but played with tiles decorated with Chinese symbols but fortunately English numbers. Initially the game appears complicated but by learning a few basic hands it is soon possible to participate in a game and win. Although there are 81 scoring hands, these do not need to be learnt in one go. What usually happens is that a new player learns a few hands and then as they see other hands being played they investigate further to extend their own repertoire of methods. You can build up at your own speed whilst still enjoying the game. We play at tables of two, three or four players and play is individual. We do not play with a partner as one would in whist or bridge.
For those who have played before we follow the rules established in 1998 to reconcile the many different versions of Mah Jong and a book explaining it all can be purchased from the group leader. For those who have never played before tuition is given during your first couple of sessions and then you will be raring to go.
Our group is a friendly group enjoying interesting chats on most topics whilst also exercising our brains. From the latest research these are some of the requirements to ward off loneliness and dementia as we age.
We shall meet in our courtyard under a gazebo with a charcoal burner to keep us warm.
Unfortunately we can only accommodate 4 people which is why we are going to have two sessions.
Once  we are allowed to meet indoors we shall revert to Alternate Tuesdays 10.00 – 12 noon when we can set up four tables for 2,3 or 4 people.
We shall have space for one or two new or rusty players. It is not a difficult game once one has got used to the basics and we all help each other as we go along.  It is similar to rummy in that we collect sets and sequences in suits. As we play individually, not in pairs as in bridge, new people can soon sit at the same table as those who are experienced. We play with magically tactile tiles which are the main reason most of us were attracted in the first place.
Do please ring me the Leader, Diana Slater, talk about it, who has answerphone, and will ring you back.

Some (truncated) lockdown photos taken by Charles Slater (Click on photo to view whole photograph)

Updated on 09-03-2021