11 Aug 2017

Puyo’s Guide to Calling Tiles – Part 3

Continuing our translations of Puyo's blog posts, we have part 3 of his series about calling tiles.

In last last two articles we talked about calling fundamentals, now we will show some more situations to explain other aspects of judgement.

28 Jul 2017

Puyo’s Guide to Calling Tiles – Part 2

Continuing our translations of Puyo's blog posts, we have part 2 of his series about calling tiles.

In this part we look at some example hands and how to evaluate the upsides and downsides of calling a discarded tile.

22 Jul 2017

Puyo’s Guide to Calling Tiles – Part 1

We'll be translating a number of articles from Puyo's blog archive into English. The first set of articles we'll be translating focuses on when to call or not to call in riichi mahjong.

In part 1 we cover the basic pros and cons of calling tiles.

15 Jul 2017

Paying with Sticks

When WRC 2014 was announced, we made a decision to buck the tradition of score sheets and use sticks for keeping score instead of score sheets when playing. Some welcomed the change, for others it was a controversial move. Fortunately, we've proven ourselves to be on the correct side of mahjong history, and now most tournaments are played using sticks (or tembo) to keep points.

I don't feel I need to wax lyrical over the pros of paying with sticks anymore. Most players have quickly embraced them. However, the one thing some are lacking is the confidence in the etiquette of paying for that yakuman...

9 Jul 2017

Application of Block Theory – Part 2

So you've got five blocks now, the right number of blocks to form a winning hand, but you're still not tenpai yet. What do you do? Does it even matter? It certainly does - read on to find out more.

1 Jul 2017

Application of Block Theory – Part 1

By now I'm sure you've learnt about five block theory and how it works, but how you actually apply the theory to determine what's the best tile to discard? How do you make your decisions systematically and consistently?

Today's lesson is taken from Hirasawa Genki's よくわかる麻雀の勝ち方 (Yoku Wakaru Maajan no Kachikata).

21 May 2017

Mahjong Tools Part 2: Tenhou Log Collectors

In this article I cover two tools for downloading Tenhou log files from the web client history for storage and viewing locally.
18 Mar 2017

Mahjong Tools Part 1: Tenhou’s Efficiency Calculator

This the first part of a series I'll be writing on the various websites and programs that exist on the internet for riichi mahjong players. This article takes you through Tenhou.net's efficiency calculator for analysing the values of hand shanten and discard ukeire.
2 Mar 2017

Tournament Report – LAPOM Championship 2017

Hi, I'm Anthony / totoro on Osamuko discord - I was going to visit the US on vacation and when I found out about the LAPOM championships and couldn't resist the chance to change my itinerary and play!

25 Feb 2017

Defense in Depth – Part Two

It's time to dig deeper! This article presumes you're familiar with the concepts of suji and kabe and the tile safety table found here.