Time to reflect on some situations… again! As you might notice, I’ve adopted tad different wording this time, I hope you’ll like it!
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Mangan tenpai. What to do? I don’t think Riichi makes any difference in terms of the likelihood that Haku will show up. Or am I wrong? My main concern – our discards are fishy… with such an early Riichi some people may become wary of sneaky waits. They have quite a few tiles to defend with (genbu + suji). One obvious benefit of Riichi is that our opponents will likely abandon their hands.
The lobby we play at certainly makes SOME difference here 😉
Is the possibility of a wait change (nobetan shapes or ryanmen in Manzu/Pinzu) any incentive to go dama here? Would those waits actually be improvements given that our current wait is fairly high in the ‘safe rank’?
I hope I’m not overanalyzing this haha!
Our blocks are:
135m 35799p (two blocks) 112s 567s
What to discard? I think that ryankan in Manzu wouldn’t normally be very useful at this stage. However, in this case it contains two Doras and ensures that we keep at least one of them. Another important thing is to keep both pairs. In this case I think the best discard is 2s. Keeping 7p gives us a chance for SSK.
What do you think?
We could take the easy way but…
Remember to atomize your blocks in the early stages. Yes, this hand is already ryan shanten but Manzu are not 2 456 8. They are 24568! We have two lone tiles in both other suits. We need one more block to get our magic 5 blocks. Daina Chiba says in his book that lone tiles near shapes are stronger than loners because they may easily connect. I think we should keep the whole shape in Manzu in hopes for some nice draws there. Manzu can easily develop into a tasty continuous shape:
23456 (waiting on 147)
45678 (waiting on 369)
Drawing another pair (2/8m) wouldn’t hurt either.
1m9m open up a possibility of Itsuu. And, of course, 1m is Dora so it’d be welcome even more.
I’m wondering whether to discard 3p3s or 89p penchan? Getting rid of that nasty penchan (which is even weaker with one 7p out) increases our chances of a good wait later on. I think that’s what more advanced players would do, but I’d welcome any feedback on this.
45m 789m 34p 55p 67p 234s
Guess what – we’re not actually pairless! Atomizing at work again.
What to discard? It’s always heartbreaking to let a ryanmen go, I know… which one should go? Let’s count our ukeire. Yeah, a bit of math is unavoidable in Mahjong.
Discarding a Pinzu ryanmen leaves us with ukeire of 36m (7 tiles) plus 25p OR 58p (6 tiles). 13 tiles in total.
Let’s see the other option – discarding 45m…
What’s crucial here is that it lets us keep 4 complete sets. Our ukeire for tenpai will be:
6m (4 tiles) 258p (10 tiles) and 5s (4 tiles). 18 tiles in total.
Why 6m and 5s? They will create nobetan shapes which are pretty cool waits as well.
6789m 345 567p 234s
789m 345 567p 2345s
Additionally, we can get ryanmen waits with 9m24s! 9 more tiles.
No 2 is clearly better. Is my reasoning OK?
5. Awareness/situational play
Our hand is not an amazing iishanten no brainer but it’s not hopeless. Strong lone tiles, ryanmen, Yakuhai… As you can see, Pei has been discarded twice. Remember that Suufon renda (四風連打) rule which didn’t seem all that important? If you don’t wanna risk having this hand aborted, better pay attention! I should’ve discarded Nan.
EMA – bring that rule back! Don’t rob us, players of such sweet nuances.
6. More 5 block method…
Our blocks are:
35m 89m 468p 23s 6s 99s NanNan
We have six blocks. Having two pairs is advisable but I don’t think it applies here. Our pairs are stand-alone, meaning they’re not as flexible as pairs in shapes like 122 or 799. In such case, I think it’s best to ditch one of the pairs and hope to get another block with 6s instead. My pair of choice is 9s. I’d keep Nan just in case Shimocha wants to get a Pon.
Do you think it’s good logic?
Last but not least:
What would you discard and why?
May Yakuman be with you!