Gemma’s Journal #4 – Chow

Chow is very similar to Pon/Bump although instead of groups this is for runs. There is one limitation to Chow when compared to Pon/Bump is that instead of being able to Chow off anyone else on the table you can only Chow off the player to your left.

So last week was Pon/Bump. This week is Chow!

Chow is very similar to Pon/Bump although instead of groups this is for runs. There is one limitation to Chow when compared to Pon/Bump is that instead of being able to Chow off anyone else on the table you can only Chow off the player to your left.

Back to the table set up!


Let’s imagine I was sitting in the West seat and I have this hand.



I would ideally like a 9 to finish off that run! North then discards the 9, however I can’t Chow that because, obviously, he’s to my right. Finally, South discards a 9 -Now’s my chance!

So, just as I did with Bump I say Chow! Show my tiles. Discard one tile and then pick up the 9. Play would then continue to my right, again just the same as Bump. Simple!

Jenn’s Note: Place the tile you took perpendicular to the left of the two tiles it goes with and put the set to your right just like you did with bump! Here are some examples:



One last point to clarify is; what to do if the situation arises when one player declares Bump and another Chow. In this instance Bump is stronger and that player takes the tile. However if the third player declares Mahjong, then neither of the Chow or Bump players can take the tile.

To be honest it’s that simple! My entry for this week is already at an end!

I should fill this entry up a bit more perhaps… Ok you lot can advise me then we can ask Jenn or Garthe to give us their answers!



Which tile should I discard?

PS: If any Brits are reading- I hope you weathered the storms all right and your roofs and cars are still intact!

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