Glory to Arstotzka!
Another weekend, another portion of screenshots. Let’s go! From this post on, I’ll assign categories to each screen to show the main issue at hand.
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Our blocks are:
11m 7ppm 135p 13s 567s
That’s 5 blocks already but our waits are all kanchan/ryankan. We have two pairs which is optimal so both of them should stay. I was wondering whether Souzu should be seen as 135 67 but I don’t think it’s very effective. I think it’s better to see Pinzu as 13 and a lone 5 in hopes for creating another block with it and incorporating two more Doras into our hand. My discard suggestion is 1s. That’s back to 3-shanten but it’s very early so our shapes should easily develop into something better, for example with 4s (3 sided wait).
Would anyone discard 1p here?
2. Chasing Yaku
Let’s split that hand into blocks:
46m 11p 24p 679p 45s 779s
Six blocks. 9p is obviously the least useful tile here considering pure tile efficency. There’s a remote chance for Ittsu here:
46m 112p 46p 79p 45s 779s
It may not be very effective to go for Ittsu here because of overlapping waits. 3p and 5p wait both overlap. Having two pairs in a hand is also recommended. Still, dropping 1p at this point may not be very detrimental to our hand. We also have no Dora and unconfirmed Pinfu so perhaps it’s good to go for a specific Yaku anyway?
Chiitoitsu is not the type of hand you’d normally push against a Riichi but here… It’s 9600 and our wait is a full suji against Toimen. Someone might still discard it. 1s is by no means safe but I think this is a good push. I posted this on our Twitter and Gentaro, Tenhou 7d player, also said to push. He’d only fold if this was still 1-shanten.
What’s your opinion?
1m is now a suji which might be discarded soon. We’re in 2nd and Shimocha is waaay behind. We could get hit by a direct Haneman and still hope for second place but I’m not sure if that makes sense before S3. 1m is now our best defensive option and should be discarded in my opinion.
5. Oorasu in last
We’re chasing Toimen here. Riichi Dora 1. 1000/2000 Tsumo means we’ll have to get Ura Dora (if I counted correctly). I think it’s better to discard 12s and hope for Pinfu SSK, the shape in Pinzu is really good.
4s looks kind of scary if we look at Shimocha’s discards. He didn’t take that previous 4s but it was much earlier in the hand. Getting hit by Oya’s potential 4+ han is game over here (Tonpuusen). I think it’s better to discard 9p.
7. Open vs closed
I think that committing to Toitoi here is not bad given one ankou already in hand. This hand is bound to be Riichi nomi. Sanshoku is still pretty far away and using Dora is not likely.
Suu Ankou anyone?
I don’t think Ton is the best discard here. This is a Honitsu hand. Yes, it’s 1-shanten but the only Yaku will be Ippeiko and that’s only if we get takame 6p. I think it’s better to let that Manzu ryanmen go.
May Yakuman be with you!