Although the majority of Chinese, especially in Singapore and Hong Kong, know how to play this game,
a relatively large number of the younger generation as well as the English-speaking adults play with
basic knowledge. Most players, myself included, start with little clue on how points are awarded and how
to use strategies and tactics. This limits our winning potential and hence the enjoyment of this game.
Moreover, there are hardly any book on Mahjong written in English that is readily available in Asia.
English mahjong books were written in as early as 1929 and mainly in the 1980s. These books are
readily available in the United States but only a few have updated information on the Chinese National
Competition. There is hardly anything on Singapore Mahjong.
Hence, here is it, an updated version. This will be the first mahjong book, written by a Singaporean to
introduce Singapore mahjong to the rest of the world. It also draws comparison to Hong Kong, Japan,
Shanghai and Taiwan mahjong. Who is this book meant for? English speaking individuals who want to
learn more about mahjong but have not found a book that covers this topic adequately in the English
language. Foreigners and their accompanying families who are living in a pre dominantly Chinese
environment, such as Singapore. Mahjong is a great way to integrate into a Chinese society.
Singaporeans who want to learn more about Hong Kong, Japan, Shanghai and Taiwan mahjong, as a
means to integrate with new citizens. New players who are learning how to play through trial and error
and paying good “school fees”. This book helps to shorten the learning curve and cost of learning.
Current players who are keen to know the secrets of mahjong in relation to strategies and tactics,
comparison of mahjong across places in Asia and a brief introduction to the formations and points used
in the Chinese National Mahjong Competition.