I’ve finally managed to sit down and write something… Here’s one of my recent games along with a couple of screenshots for discussion:
1. HAND PLANNING
My hand’s headed towards Pinfu Nomi. It’s getting kind of late, my Kan 8p wait is barely alive anymore. No Ton has been discarded. I’m wondering whether it’s better to discard Ton or go for 79p first. Keeping 4m allows us to aim for 345 SSK. I think it’s better to discard 7p. I don’t want that block in my hand anyway. Of course, there’s always the issue of having to discard the Dora later but who knows, maybe I will draw another one myself? Mind you, that would probably mean my blocking each other out with some other player…
2. CALLING (ATOZUKE)
Kan Dora makes this call quite tempting. I don’t think it’s worth it, though. It’ll make my hand iishanten but I’ll have a hell wait on the last 7p which can only slightly improve by drawing 8p (5p is dead so no ryanmen for me), There’s also a chance that one of my opponents has Nan and isn’t going to discard it. Building another block in Manzu seems slow and 6m is one chance, so I may end up with a half-assed ryanmen (36 or 69m). Toimen declared Kan, so he’s probably going to Riichi soon. I think it’s better to pass, but I’m not sure. It means abandoning this hand altogether, I think.
3. TILE EFFICIENCY
I’m not sure what to discard here. It’s iishanten to Riichi – Tanyao isn’t guranteed. I’d like to make use of 2p. Is it better to keep all Pinzu or to discard 5p and keep Souzu? 4s could be either my group or a pair.
I think I’d discard 8s. Pinzu may extend into a three sided wait and I can still hope for red 5s.
4. SITUATIONAL TILE EFFICIENCY
Here I’m deciding which ryanmen to break. There’s no difference between them on the surface, but I think they’re not the same if we consider the table: my 9p call and my discards may suggest I’m going for Pinzu Honitsu. That means it could be harder to get Pinzu tiles from my Kamicha. I think it’s better to discard 4p for now. I’m not sure if my thinking is correct because when I call Chun, people will see that I’ve just discarded a Pinzu ryanmen which will make Honitsu unlikely. My logic only applies to a potential 58m call for atozuke tenpai which may not be worth a debate.
I’m a total greenhorn when it comes to situational discards, so please correct me if I’m wrong!
I’d appreciate comments on my playing in that game 🙂
May Yakuman be with you!