Sunday 04 October 2015

Riichi Lessons from the Master

riichiLesson1NEW YORK 27 September 2015 - During the New York Riichi Open this weekend, Shigekazu Moriyama met with the group around the table to share some sage advice. Without exception, every single player observing Mr. Moriyama's advice was blown away by being shown an entirely new way to approach strategy and tile efficiency, leaving every player there a better more enlightened player. His lessons were such a rare treat, Mahjong News will do it's best to share an example pearl for our readers.


Mrs. Hudson’s Record

This week's Sherlock Holmes Mystery is about Mrs. Hudson's Record.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were away from Baker Street 221 B for almost a month. They were involved into trapping some big criminals.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Hudson went to her first MCR tournament. One hand she won had tremendous success - not in terms points though in structure.
Dr. Watson bought the newspaper “Mahjong News” and began to read:
“Mrs. Hudson, MCR tournament debutant, has managed to collect a 16-point hand consisting only of 1-point fans! … Sherlock!” – he asked Mr. Holmes – “Is it really possible?”
“Watson, It’s rather elementary!” – answered Holmes and began to draw the hand.
Question: Please, re-construct Mrs. Hudson’s hand.
Comment: The problem is rather tough to solve. There are two conceptual solutions.

Comments (3)Comments are closed
1Saturday, 21 May 2011 23:23
Edwin Phua
One possible solution:

Mrs. Hudson's hand meets the minimum requirement of 8 points with:
a) 3 chows combining for 2 1-point fans (e.g. 2 Mixed Double Chows; Mixed Double Chow and Pure Double Chow; Pure Double Chow and Short Straight etc.);

b) 1 Melded Kong of a Terminal (i.e. 1 or 9), giving 2 points;

c) hand contains only 2 Suits (i.e. One Voided Suit) and No Honours, giving 2 points;

d) and she self-drew on a unique wait (i.e. Single Wait, Closed Wait, or Edge Wait), giving 2 points.

Additionally, Mrs. Hudson managed to get all 8 bonus tiles, so her hand is worth 16 points in total.
2Sunday, 22 May 2011 13:49
The other possible solution is a hand close to the former one:
Hand: (123, 456, 999)b 4d, melded Kan of 1d, 4d self drawn.

The number of points is the same, 1 Chow fan is replaced by a Terminal Pung.

Add 8 flowers and it is a Hand with 16 1-point fans !
3Sunday, 22 May 2011 20:08
Vitaly Novikov
Congratulations, both Edwin Phua and Quentin!
You have provided two available conceptual solutions.
Very quick and very correct :).
As an author I am a bit disappointed because it was considered this problem to be tough to crack down :(.
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