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Mah jong, as we know it, is believed to have been developed in China in the 1870s. It is partly based on a Chinese form of dominoes and a card game similar to rummy called ‘108 Brigands’. In its present form, Mah jong is most closely linked to rummy. It has its own terminology and is played with tiles rather than cards, but the objective of collecting sets of three or four tiles will be familiar to anyone who has played rummy. (Thank you to the national U3A website for much of this information.)Our Mah Jong group has been meeting since November. We play fortnightly, on Monday afternoons, 2.30-4.30, in central Wimbledon. We are a mix of complete newcomers to the game, returning players, who may not have played for many years, and one or two more experienced players. We’ve been having fun learning or remembering the game. There are several versions of Mah Jong; we are using the British Mah Jong Association rules as our guide.
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