# Question about mah jong game speed

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I'm just getting into mah jong, and, so far, I've only played
computer-program opponents while I learn. I've read that mah jong is
generally a fast-paced game. At the moment, the programs I have allow
about 2-4 seconds for me to decide whether or not I need the
just-discarded tile (in Four Winds MJ, for instance, I left the timer
at the 5-second setting it came with). Would experienced players find
that irritatingly slow? What would be the typical amount of time,
between the click of tile A hitting the table and the click of tile B,
that a player has in which to decide whether or not to claim tile A?

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Anonymous

From: x@y.zzz

> ...at the 5-second setting it came with). Would experienced players find
>that irritatingly slow?

Yes indeed.

>What would be the typical amount of time,

2 or 3 seconds. Typically.

Cheers,
Tom
Anonymous

Hi

On Thu, 21 Oct 2004 03:47:38 GMT, x@y.zzz wrote:

>I'm just getting into mah jong, and, so far, I've only played
>computer-program opponents while I learn. I've read that mah jong is
>generally a fast-paced game. At the moment, the programs I have allow
>about 2-4 seconds for me to decide whether or not I need the
>just-discarded tile (in Four Winds MJ, for instance, I left the timer
>at the 5-second setting it came with). Would experienced players find
>that irritatingly slow? What would be the typical amount of time,
>between the click of tile A hitting the table and the click of tile B,
>that a player has in which to decide whether or not to claim tile A?
>

Depends on the type of game. I have played Hong Kong mahjong against
Chinese, where you hade less than a second for thinking. Yet, towards
the end of the game, when tension grew, you could take more time. Esp.
if one or two players are apparently going for a very expensive hand.
In these cases, you might take up to 5 secs, or more, to check which
tiles are safe.
Other types of game, e.g. Chinese Official, require more calculating.
Then 2 seconds for each turn - as an avarage - is not that bad. This
will also be advised on the European Championship. Also here: towards
the end of the game things will be different.
On the Mahjong Masters Million (a world championship which was to be
held in Australia, 1996, but actually never took place) a 'reasonable
delay' of 2 seconds was mentioned before claiming a tile. The rules
(see http://www.mahjongnews.com/mmmrule.htm) were also used on the
Internet Mahjong Server, which by now is closed, 'because of childish
behavior, abuse of administrative privileges and evidence of hacking
of the user database')

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Anonymous

"Martin Rep" <mrep@mahjongnews.com> wrote:
> The [MMM] rules
> (see http://www.mahjongnews.com/mmmrule.htm) were also used on the
> Internet Mahjong Server, which by now is closed, 'because of childish
> behavior, abuse of administrative privileges and evidence of hacking
> of the user database')

IMS has been back online at http://mahjong.game-host.org/ since April.
Greetz,
Tom