Strategy Archive

29 Dec 2017

Mahjong Fundamentals 2: Starting Hands & Five Block Theory

In Part 2 of the Mahjong Fundamentals series, we look at some of the basics to analyse our starting hand - identifying where we have isolated tiles, and which ones we should discard first.
29 Dec 2017

Mahjong Fundamentals 1: Introduction

This is an article series aimed at people who are just starting out with learning to play riichi mahjong and are working on how to become strong players - people who have got the hang of the basic rules and the different yaku, and are wondering where to go next to improve.

In later articles we’ll cover some of the fundamental aspects of mahjong strategy such as building yaku, tile-efficiency, push/fold judgement and the basics of defending, but for this first article I’ll cover some of the more general themes for how to consider mahjong strategy, and how to work on developing your own skill at the game.

20 Dec 2017

Puyo’s Guide to Calling Tiles – Part 8

For the final part of our translation of Puyo's Guide to Calling Tiles, we will look at situations where we may still want to call even though it doesn't decrease our shanten.

25 Nov 2017

Puyo’s Guide to Calling Tiles – Part 7

We continue our translation of Puyo's guide to calling tiles with the penultimate part in the series: part 7.

In this article we'll look at the advantages and disadvantages of kans, and the cases where we should and (more typically) shouldn't call kan.

8 Nov 2017

Toitoi Dash

You may have heard of the toitoi dash - it's the hot new meta, popularized by zeRo and his new book 0秒思考の麻雀 (Zero-byou Shikou no Maajan), and it's taking the mahjong world by storm. This article will explain what it's all about.

23 Sep 2017

Puyo’s Guide to Calling Tiles – Part 6

Continuing our translations of Puyo’s blog posts, we have part 6 of his series about calling tiles. This article will talk about how to decide between calling pon or chii, when both options are available.
10 Sep 2017

Puyo’s Guide to Calling Tiles – Part 5

Continuing our translations of Puyo’s blog posts, we have part 5 of his series about calling tiles.

In the last article we discussed pon calls, in this article we'll look at situations involving chii calls.

17 Aug 2017

Puyo’s Guide to Calling Tiles – Part 4

Continuing our translations of Puyo’s blog posts, we have part 4 of his series about calling tiles.

In this article we look at the strength of hand groups and 'pon material', and how it affects our decisions on whether to open the hand or not
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.