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By calling “chow”

Only the player whose turn it is may form a chow by using the last discarded tile. To do so the player must call  chow  then lay the 3 tiles face up on the table in front of him and discard an unwanted tile.

A player can only claim one chow in a session.

By calling “pung”

Anyone who can make a pung from the last discarded tile may do so by calling  pung, laying the 3 tiles face up on the table then discarding an unwanted tile.

The turn then passes to the player on right of the one who has punged. So any intervening players miss a turn.

By calling “Mah-Jong”

Anyone who can make  Mah-Jong  from the last discarded tile can do so to end the game.

(Of course, Mah-Jong may also come from someone picking a tile from the wall).

When there is contention

It is possible that more than one player may want to claim the same tile. The rules of precedence are as follows:

An exposed chow

An exposed pung

A  pung  or  kong  takes precedence over a  chow.

 

Mah-Jong  takes precedence over a  chow,  pung  or  kong.

 

If more than one player can make Mah-Jong with the discarded tile, then the nearest player to the right of the discarder (i.e. going in an anti-clockwise direction) takes precedence.

The Game

 

The Aim of the Game

       General Strategy

 

Preparing to Play

       Distribute the Tallies

       Determine who is N, S, E, and W Wind

       Determine the Prevailing Wind

       Shuffle the Tiles

       Build the Walls

       Break into one Wall

       The Kong Box

       Deal out the Tiles

       Select out any Flower or Season Tiles

 

Playing the Game

       Starting the Game

       Collecting Sets

       Special Hands

       Obtaining a New Tile

       Claiming the Discarded Tile

       Flower and Season Tiles

       Concealed Sets

       Converting a Pung to a Kong

       One for Mah-Jong

       Robbing the Kong

       Finishing the Game

 

Variations of Play

       The Goulash

       The Game for 2 Players

       The Game for 3 Players

       The Game for 5 Players

       Suggested Rule

Obtaining a New Tile

The most common way in which the game proceeds is by the player whose turn it is picking up a tile from the start of the live wall.  It may be discarded or kept in hand and another discarded.

The player should describe the discarded tile, for example “Red Dragon”.

This routine is only interrupted when a player claims the discarded tile by a  chow,  pung  or  kong (or by going  Mah-Jong ).

Exposed chow
Exposed pung
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By calling “kong”

Anyone who can make a kong from the last discarded tile may do so by calling  kong  then laying the  tiles on the table (3 face-up and an outer one face-down).

Exposed kong

Because an extra tile is required for a kong the player must now pick up a tile from the kong box and discard an unwanted one.

 

The turn then passes to the player on right of the one who has konged and any intervening players miss a turn.

An exposed kong

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© 2008   Peter Gregory
© 2008   Peter Gregory

Claiming the Discarded Tile

There are various ways of claiming the last discarded tile:

Text - The Game
Overview and page links
Playing the Game

(a run of 3 tiles in the same suit)

(3  identical tiles)

(4  identical tiles)