History of Mahjongg
by Steve Hall
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During a recent visit to my parent's house I
noticed a solid black briefcase on the kitchen table. I was
curious as to what was inside. From it's size, I thought it
might be a laptop computer. My mom opened the briefcase to
reveal several colorful tiles and game pieces. She informed me
that it was her Mahjongg tile set. She plays this ancient
Chinese game weekly with her friends.
I am a big fan of playing Mahjongg on the computer. I wondered
if there were differences in the rules of my mom's physical
board game versus my computer game. There are many differences
indeed, just as there are many versions of Mahjongg available.
The board version is an intense game of strategy, logic, and
planning. My mom plays with three other players and has to
work with a partner. The computer version I play is basic in
comparison as I just try to match tiles together to remove
them from the Mahjongg tile pile.
What is the history of Mahjongg? Mahjongg is an ancient
Chinese game that has a debatable origin. There are several
theories as to who invented Mahjongg. Some believe that
Mahjongg wasn't invented until the middle of the 19th century.
Believers of this origin maintain that Mahjongg was based on
current Chinese card and domino games.
Others believe that Confucius invented the game around 500 BC.
Confucius was known as a great Chinese philosopher. The theory
that he started Mahjongg is based upon observation that game
piece tiles and popularity relate to his philosophies and
Mahjongg made its way to the United States by the early 20th
century. The game was translated into English. In 1937 the
National Mah Jongg League was created. The rules of Mahjongg
were reviewed and revamped.
Who plays Mahjongg? Mahjongg has had a variety of players. The
game requires four players and takes a few hours to play.
Therefore, it is an ideal game for parties or special
occasions. Players in China have played Mahjongg to celebrate
When Mahjongg became popular in the United States it was
primarily played by the Jewish population. Mahjongg is now
making its way across all backgrounds and age levels. The
physical tile game is familiar to the older generation while
the computerized version is bringing in the younger
How do you play Mahjongg? Good question. The answer is that it
depends. There are basic rules, but rules tend to vary based
on the geographic region. The main goal of the game is to find
matching tile suits and complete the 14 to 17 tile set. There
are rule books that cover the Western version of the game.
The Mahjongg game that my mom plays is closer to the ancient
Chinese version then the computerized version I play. She
enjoys the complexity and strategy of Mahjongg as well as the
benefit of playing with her good friends.
Mahjongg is an exciting game to try whether you want to play
with friends or on your own. I find playing the computer
versions both entertaining and relaxing. Many games websites,
such as Grandmatrix.com, have several PC versions of Mahjongg
available. The different versions are akin to the variety of
Mahjongg history, rules, and players around the world. Start
your exploration of the Mahjongg variations by searching
GrandMatrix under the keyword 'Mahjongg' and you will be well
on your way to fun!
Steve is a writer for the GrandMatrix website. Read more
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