Mah Jongg classes

DCA Moh Jongg classes begin in the fallAmerican Mah Jongg is an exciting four-player tile game with Chinese origins. Using 152 tiles depicting Chinese characters and symbols, players pick and discard in turn to form combinations found on the National Mah Jongg League’s annual card of hands. Strategy, skill and luck are needed to be the first player to complete a hand and declare “Mah Jongg!”  The DCA provides tile sets for all classes.

Longtime Darien resident Donna Holt learned Chinese Mah Jongg while living in Singapore. Now an avid American Mah Jongg player, Donna introduces players to a fascinating world of dragons, dots and craks.


Current Mah Jongg sessions and classes at the DCA

Two options to choose from starting this March and April:

Mah Jongg for Beginners:
Beginners will learn the basics of American Mah Jongg – how to identify tiles and understand the Mah Jongg card, and how to select and strengthen a winning hand. Rules and strategies of play as well as game etiquette will be covered. Please bring the 2016 card to class if you already have one.

Tuesdays: March 7, 14, 21 & 28
9:30am -12:00pm
DCA members $75 / public $85
Prepayment required by noon on Friday, March 3rd.
Minimum and maximum enrollment applies.

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Four Week Guided Mah Jongg Play – 2 sessions: sign up for one or both
You’ve learned to play American Mah Jongg, and you’re hooked, but would you like the chance to meet other players and get in a few more games? This four week session will offer lots of playing time and the chance to sharpen your game, with instructor Donna Holt on hand to oversee play. She will be available to help with all aspects of the game, from choosing your hand, to guiding the group through any rules or etiquette questions that arise. Come meet others mad for Mah Jongg and build your confidence with a seasoned teacher in an encouraging atmosphere. 

Please bring the current card to each class. PLEASE NOTE: Players should already be familiar with both rules of play and the NMJL card.

Session 3: Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22 & 29 (2016 card)
DCA members $65 / public $75
Prepayment required by noon on Monday, March 6th for Session 3.
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Session 4: Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26 (2017 card, if available on April 5. If not, bring your 2016 card)
DCA members $65 / public $75
Prepayment required by noon on Monday, April 3rd for Session 4.
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Minimum and maximum enrollment apply to all classes.




Recent Mah Jongg Events: Talk and Signing with Author Gregg Swain, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game


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