The Dueling Pistols by Ilya Repin (1899) at the State Historical Museum, Moscow

Current mystery starts story of opposition of Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty at the latest London MCR Championship. Key deals and techniques will be highligted and discussed.

 Question: For each of the following four types of hand structure, please, determine the maximum value for the hand (without flowers):

  • "Seven Pairs"
  • "Thirteen Orphans"
  • "Lesser/Greater Honors and Knitted Tiles"
  • "Semi-Regular" (three knitted sequences of "Knitted Straight", Chow / Pung / Kong and a Pair)

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 Question 1 (): Please, provide Mrs. Hudson hand (both melded and concealed parts) under two conditions:

  • her hand has a 3-sided wait leading to a hand containing a 16-points fan, and consisting of three pure chows shifted strictly by step one for one waiting tile, by step two for the other waiting tile and by step three for the third waiting tile,
  • her winning hand has "Tile Hog" of .

Question 2 (): Who won the game?

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Our foursome gathered to play mahjong at Baker Street 221 B. The wall is built and broken, tiles are dealt. And then Dr. Watson says:

"According to newspaper "Mahjong News" rules of mahjong game vary in different countries. For instance, what an amazing rule called the "Charleston" is in American mahjong. The essence of it is that before the game players pass three unwanted tiles to some other player and do that several times."

In the morning, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are sitting at the table waiting for Mrs. Hudson to bring them their morning coffee.

"Mrs. Hudson is definitely delayed," said Watson. "I will go into the kitchen to see what's the matter."

It turnes out that Hudson is sitting at the table turning tiles back and forth and writing something.

"Mrs. Hudson, what are you doing? We are tired of waiting for our morning coffee!"

After bringing morning coffee, Mrs. Hudson explains:

"I'm trying to determine the maximum value of the mahjong hand for all valid types of structures."

 

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