Put your hand up if you’ve never heard of Mahjong, or if you’ve never seen a banner for it on a website. Raise your hand if you never believed it was a domino-like activity, except in an “oriental” version, immediately and without any additional study: after all, there are a lot of tiles covered with symbols, right?
Know that we’re discussing regarding one of the most famous games, one that’s more like Scala 40 than dominoes and has its own Italian Mahjong Federation. But first, let’s go over the short history .
A SHORT HISTORY OF MAHJONG
The origins of Mahjong game may be traced back to nineteenth-century China, when the game evolved from various card and domino-based diversions. If you discount the claim that the game was invented by Confucius, Mahjong might have been established by Chinese army officials, a noble from Shanghai, or two brothers from Ningbo, all around the mid-nineteenth century. In truth, the game’s traditional symbols may be found on far older cards, but the modern version on tiles has taken the world by storm.
The game’s renown spread beyond Chinese boundaries around the turn of the century, conquering the United States and the rest of the world. It all started in America with papers explaining Mahjong and its rules, but with enough changes, simplifications, and errors to create a true American variation of the game. Mahjong grew fashionable, especially among ladies, as a result of the enthusiasm sparked by these writings, and the National MahJongg (The original name is given a “g” in the American form.) League and an official rule were established in 1937.
HOW TO PLAY MAHJONG
There are 136 pieces in the basic Mahjong series, with 34 different classes of pieces (4 of each class). There are three suits, numbered one through nine. Bamboo, writing, and circles are the three colors with chips ranging from one to nine. There are also 4 different cards (Winds or Dragons) with the labels South, East, West, and North (4 pieces each). The goal of the game is to gather a full series of 14 pieces, which consists of four sets of three: three of a type of the same color (pung), a sequence of the same hue (chow), and a pair. Every turn, one player collects the 14th chip, discards one, and sets it face up in the center of the table. Players have the option of folding, taking the chip to complete a pung, chow, or kong series (four similar chips), or declaring victory (“Mahjong”).
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