Tuesday 31 March 2015

Tight Contest for the Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong


ONLINE March 2015 - This year's Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong contest brought the largest field of competitors yet, and the crowd at the top is still tight; the title could belong to anyone. With four competitors tied for 1st, and five more just one point behind, the last couple of questions will be the make-or-break opportunity for many. The contest is likely to come down to the timing; how fast each player is able to get their answers in. So set your alarm clocks, and get sluthing!

1st place: 1-year VIP membership at MahjongTime and a copy of "Mahjong from A to Zhu"
2nd place: 1-year Premium membership at MahjongTime and a copy of "Mahjong from A to Zhu"
3rd place: 6-month Premium membership at MahjongTime and a copy of "Mahjong from A to Zhu"



Luck, skill, focus

> Although you are focused you can lose!!! Certainly! I never stated otherwise. Good for you that you are able to focus all the way through a tournament! It's a very important ability in any sport, both mind sport and physical sport! Still, many players aren't able to maintain their focus all the way through, particularly if they are losing. Many players show visible frustration when losing and this certainly affects their concentration. What is luck? Probably we all use the word a little differently. For me luck is when something of low probability happens. I make tsumo waiting for only one tile, while another player with a three-sided wait, who has been waiting for a longer time than me doesn't get his hand. That's lucky. If the player with the three-sided wait had won, was that then skillful play by optimizing his hand? We can't answer that without analyzing every tile picked and played. Maybe a more skillful player would have played my hand to a better wait? Maybe we both got the optimal from the tiles we picked and one player was just more lucky in getting the tiles needed? Luck is just luck (probabilities), sure. I agree. Skill is making the most of your tiles when you a not so lucky. Maybe my subject line was misleading. I believe what I wrote is true, that a player who had some bad luck may become frustrated and lose concentration, which means he makes some bad choices (which he doesn't necessarily notice!), and when he then loses again he feels very unlucky, but this "bad luck" he has brought upon himself by playing less than optimal. So bad luck can lead to bad focus which can lead to further losses which are easily interpretated as a string of bad luck. A player who is always able to keep his focus is not subject to this. Mahjong is about probabilities, skill and focus. Luck is in the probability part.
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