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"



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

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)
Comments (4)Comments are closed
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: http://www.sloperama.com/mjfaq/mjfaq7s.htm
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