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.

20 Feb 2017

WhITelion’s Quiz Corner – Issue 1

For today, you, the reader, will be undertaking a series of trivia questions! For our first issue, you will be going through questions about hand shapes with multiple waits, taken from: http://www.hakusa.net/marjong/quiz/q/a-tamen.htm. Forewarning: The answers to these questions might not be intuitive.
12 Feb 2017

WWYD With WhITelion – Issue 1

This is the WWYD column, in which you will rack your brains out trying to figure out the best discard choice for a fictional hand! For the first issue, we will start off with 3 simple problems, taken from 麻雀 傑作「何切る」300選 (Maajan kessaku [Nanikiru] 300-sen) by G Uzaku.
8 Feb 2017

Defense in Depth – Part One

In this series we'll present a number of advanced tips and tricks for defending, for when simple suji and kabe aren't enough. Today's material is taken from chapter four of Hirasawa Genki's 絶対にラスを引かない麻雀 (Zettai ni Rasu wo Hikanai Maajan).

3 Feb 2017

Haipai Efficiency – Part Two

We continue our series with a look at terminals. Unlike honors tiles, terminals don’t intrinsically differ in value. Instead, what sets them apart from each other is the rest of your hand.
31 Jan 2017

Haipai Efficiency – Part One

Given the same starting hand, an expert and a beginner might discard the same tiles, but what sets them apart is the order in which they discard them. Tiles that seem equally useless at first glance may actually be quite different in value. If you can identify these differences and accurately compare the usefulness of tiles right from the beginning of a round, you can speed up your hand progression in every hand you play.
25 Jan 2017

Push/Fold Judgment

Lately I've been reading Makoto Fukuchi's latest mahjong strategy book, 押し引きの教科書 (Oshihiki no Kyoukasho) which, as the title suggests, is a textbook on pushing forward and pulling back. As Fukuchi says in the afterword, it's the book that he most wanted to write, and with good reason - according to the foreword, push/fold judgment makes up less than 20% of mahjong strategy, yet it decides whether you win or lose in over 80% of games. Despite being such a crucial element of the game, until now there has been very little teaching material on the subject, in both English and Japanese. With that in mind I've decided to pick out a few key points that I feel would be particularly helpful to English-speaking players.