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153Monday, 21 April 2014 14:33
Edwin Phua
I doubt we have to worry about this particular detail, because unless there are companies that sell such tables can ship worldwide and service such equipment, we will be unable to comply with this rule.

China itself has hundreds of brands, so only allowing some companies which meets its requirements provide tables for tournaments as an assurance seems reasonable.
152Monday, 21 April 2014 10:15
Senechal D.
If the WMCC plans on regulating the use of autodealers, could they publish a list? Also, what *authority* lets them decide table A is good, table B is bad? Have they had problems with Amos or Alban, and what exactly do they propose as a better alternative? --- Other than that, I suppose people who enjoy playing government rules now have the option to have fun playing simple government rules too. cough
151Monday, 21 April 2014 07:46
Edwin Phua
We have been following the changes to the main rules as well. This update (as well as the 2011 Chinese update) are mainly cosmetic in nature, as none of the rules have been significantly altered. A lot of problematic areas still exist in the fouls and penalties section without change, which have to be corrected via addenda released during each major competition, such as at WMC 2012, and at the recent China Mahjong Championship 2014.
150Monday, 21 April 2014 07:42
Edwin Phua
Probably, the major difference now is not actually the omission of several scoring elements, but the reduction of the winning requirement from 8 points to 6 points. This is probably concommittant with the omission of several important two-point scoring elements such as All Chows, All Simples, Seat Wind, and Round Wind.

Beginners may learn to play effectively within this system, but the full rules will be like a totally different system. Would habits learnt here be difficult to unlearn?
149Monday, 21 April 2014 07:39
Edwin Phua
We in Singapore have been analysing the new beginners' rules (the 'primary' rules) using the Chinese version which was released about two weeks earlier.

We are troubled by this new development, as we feel that the new beginners' rules may hinder learning of MCR rather than aid it. We feel that there are negative consequences in transitioning from this beginners' ruleset to the full ruleset for beginners.

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Eye-opener at scrabble tourney; also mahjong for blind people?

Happy participants to the Mines Mensa Scrabble Challenges 2009 in Malaysia.MALAYSIA - Six visually handicapped participants created history at the Mines Mensa Scrabble Challenge 2009 that took place recently at the Mines Shopping Fair in Malaysia. For the very first time,  visually handicapped people had taken up the challenge and competed alongside their sighted counterparts in the mainstream tournament.  According to the Malaysian Society for the Blind (SBM), blind people are also able to play mahjong.

The six players who competed in the Scrabble Challenge were selected from the SBM. A new category, 'Seeing is Believing', was created specially for them, complementing the usual categories of Masters, Intermediate and Beginners. The event attracted more than 80 participants from all over the country.

Modified scrabble sets with embossed Braille boards and tiles were provided for these players.

While tournament rules require sighted players to draw tiles from green scrabble tile bags raised above eye-level, this would have given the blind players an advantage as they would have been able to feel the Braille tiles. In view of this, the Braille tiles were placed face downwards in a tray for the players to draw from.

A helper assisted each of the three pairs of blind players to keep time and score. The players were allocated 40 minutes per person per game instead of the usual 25 minutes.


Much to the surprise of those present, the blind exhibited a natural ability for scrabble, with some of them forming bingos with ease. Many curious onlookers drew near to observe them play and went away impressed and inspired. In a matter of a few minutes, old preconceived notions and the prejudices of the sighted were swept away by the assured play of the blind competitors.

“The world of the sighted and the world of the blind are very separate”, says SBM sports chairman A. Majid Jaafar, who led the SBM team of visually impaired. “Their lives are very empty, so indoor games are very important to them. SBM provides sports facilities to the blind. These games include Scrabble, in which conventional scrabble boards are modified by having Braille embossed on clear hard plastic grids that are fixed on top of the board’s surface, enabling the blind and sighted to play together.

“Apart from scrabble, SBM members play over twenty different games, including chess, dominos, checkers, congkak, modified ping-pong (in which the balls do not bounce), lotto (bingo) and mahjong,” he added.

(The Star Online)
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1Sunday, 20 September 2009 12:13
Maricar Jagger
Interested to know about the mah jong for blind people. Do you use regular tiles or specially made ones? Might give my mother something to do! Thanks.
2Wednesday, 14 April 2010 07:14
Ray Tong
Maricar and others,
Did you get an answer or does anyone know of mahjong tiles for the blind. I have a mother who is now too blind to play. Playing again would make her so happy.
3Wednesday, 14 April 2010 07:20
Mahjong News
Dear Ray - I have tried to contact these people, but to no avail :-(
Perhaps you can try the Malaysian Mensa Society yourself, for their address please check their site.
4Wednesday, 14 April 2010 11:01
Adrie van Geffen
I doubt if any special sets are on the market for the engraving on most sets is quite definite.
Tom Sloper has some suggestions about this issue:
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