Mentors (from left) Leah Feigenbaum, Sue Pritchard, Faye Somers, Arlene Marron, and Marcy Abloeser.

National Mah-Jongg League rules may not have a large following in the rest of the world, but in the States, they are king, where some sources estimate there are 300,000 followers of the game. A new site is online offering free and paid mentorship on NMJL rules, so Mahjong News checks it out.

Gregg Swain (left) and Ann M. Israel.

Ann M. Israel and Gregg Swain were after private Western mah majongg collections when they invaded many homes during their search, but they aren’t burglars! They are photo-archeologists, and private homes were their dig!

Bart, Radhwen, Chris: three enthusiastic young Duch players - life without any sound.

Can deaf people play mahjong? How do they do it in the first place? Three young Dutch have just started their mahjong career, and Mahjong News editor Martin Rep plays a hanchan with them. Knock for a chi!

The finale of the World Riichi Championship 2014: top-four players at an automatic table.

Everybody loves automatic mahjong tables. American player David Bresnick: “I very much enjoy having one.” Tina Christensen from Denmark: “It is absolutely wonderful to play at auto tables.” French Valérian Thomas: “It’s a real pleasure to use them.” Mahjong News asks around about the most wanted yet most expensive mahjong attribute.

Vitaly Novikov

MOSCOW - Vitaly Novikov released some statistical analysis of over 52,000 hands of MCR mahjong, and some of the results may not be what you would have expected! Did you know winning with Thirteen Orphans is more more common than winning with two concealed kongs? Players more often win with a pure straight than they do with an edge wait? These facts and other statistical wonders can be explored in his spreadsheet compiled for your interest here.