By now I'm sure you've learnt about five block theory and how it works, but how do 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).
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.
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.
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.
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).