Guildford Invitational August 22nd

Sorry for the short delay everyone! I just moved the last of my things back from Germany to the UK and getting everything sorted and keeping up my job has been a bit manic! Thanks to those who sent me an email. Expect a reply in the next few days. Anyways… How did Guildford go?

The setting was magnificent. The golf club proved a perfect setting. Everything we needed was there and there was plenty of space. Uncharacteristically for Blighty, the weather was pretty good!

I’m sure everyone has already caught the results here or on MahjongNews. Needless to say, I’m very proud of where I placed. Actually, more than the placing, I’m pleased with how I maintained my performance. For those of you who know my play style, I usually jump between the extremes of winning ridiculously big hands and losing to even more impressive hands. When I’ve won previously, I’ve felt a lot of it was down to luck that I had four or three lucky hands that day rather than a consistently good performance.

This time, I felt I did well. I only lost points occasionally and managed to spot the monster hands that were threatening the table. I’m getting better at judging when to go for it and when to get defensive. I got 1st, 2nd, 2nd and 1st. I think that’s progress!

The rules didn’t use red 5s though, which may explain somewhat the lack of really insanely high scores. Unfortunately I’d spent a week planning for closed tanyao and red 5s so that was a bit of a fail on my part.

Another eye-opener for me was the concept of “bam-bam.” Now I may be getting this wrong so please correct me if I am! Once they’d counted up their hand points, they then added two more to it. Although I was aware that in all the calculations there were two hand points at work behind the tables we read off. However, when the first hand was won, you could see the total confusion on the European players’ faces as the Brits counted “Pinfu, 2 Dora, and Bam-bam.” I had absolutely no idea what they were talking about first. After a few confused minutes it slowly dawned on me what was going on, and that they were using a completely different score chart to the EMA one. I’m not sure if any of the continental clubs use this bam-bam scoring method?

Anyway, the day was fantastic. Especially for me, I got to meet some of my fellow British Mahjongers – an elusive breed! And I was so proud! Far from being novices, there were some really skilled players. I hope that some of them venture out onto the European scene soon because it would be a great shame otherwise.

Peter Langford the winner adding up another impressive score

Ian Fraser who organised the tournament alongside Peter

My trophy for third place ^^

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