League started again last week. I was wracking my brain for momentous hands to call attention to in a decidedly non momentous +5 point finish. The only thing that stuck out was a 3900 point hand I threw when trying to sneak off with a 1000 pointer. League was just boring this month. Meh.
How about WRC? I want to finish up WRC this month so I can make Xmas plans. The best of 34 tournament day is inexplicably in the middle of winter vacation so I’d like to know now if I need to plan for it. Actually, with the -70 point start last month realistically I already know, but I still need to play it out I guess. Here’s my 3rd session of hopefully 5 for the season.
My kamicha and shimocha (Konno) jumped out to early leads. My big moment came in the first hand of south, Konno again dealer. Dora was 中, my situation was this:
Konno had already thrown 2 ② and 1 ③, and another 3 and 1 ⑤ were also out, while there were no ⑥ yet visible anywhere. Kamicha had ponned twice early and it felt a little like he had 2 Dora also heading for toitoi. 4 tiles still available for either wait, throw 東 for ②⑤ 2 type wait, or throw ④ for ③⑥ for only one type left, ⑥ wait, what would you do?
I have a dumb anti sanshoku tendency because I feel jilted when the wrong side of an open ended wait comes, really dumb, I know. But here if I go for it, it’s the only thing left! Not really a good reason but anyway it did just feel like there were more of those left in the wall than ②⑤. I first waited without reaching, but the next draw PonyMcPonface ponned again and threw Dora! Fine, reach! He drew and threw ⑥ ippatsu and blam! I’m in the running for top with Konno! (Anticlimactic finish, Konno drew mangan on the last hand, I was dealer, blech, moving right along)
South round hand 2 Dora ⑦, draw 11 tenpai:
I played weak here, not reaching though I had ④ in my discards. Currently last place reached discarding Dora, and I have to imagine given his situation he’d have done the same if I had reached. I’m not sure if an extra 1600 would have made all the difference on the final hand but perhaps and of course I might have also hit ura Dora for haneman. For the moment it gave me a tenuous hold on first place.
I was still up about 5000 on the last hand with this after a few draws
I debated 8 pon but let it pass as I’m not the biggest fan of depending on ato-zuke. The next draw, last place guy threw 中, and again I don’t think my 8 pon would have given him pause there. So I ponned and prayed but around the 10th draw, currently 2nd place reached. I drew 5 ippatsu and it could not have seemed more dangerous. Except for a 5 already in my discards, the 8 in my kamicha, and a couple 1’s, there were no Souzu on the board. I threw it hoping to draw out my last 8 but of course it was her kanchan machi. It cost me 5200 and I just barely saved second place.
This game is just dripping with regret. I played weak when I probably could have played strong. Then when I really should have pulled back, that’s when I found my spine. Two possible +20 finishes ended with just 5 each and I my dream of a big comeback was seeming pretty far fetched.
So annoying I think I’ll split this session up into two parts. Tune in tomorrow to hear how much I turned it around in the last 2 games…