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  – Three Options for Mah Jongg in April, May and June


Mah Jongg for Beginners
Longtime Darien resident Donna Holt will teach players the basics of American Mah Jongg, from understanding the tiles and card, to selecting and strengthening a winning hand. Rules and strategies of play and game etiquette will be covered. Please bring the 2017 NMJL card to class. To order:

Tuesdays: May 2, 9, 16 & 23
9:30am -12:00pm
DCA members $75 / public $85
Prepayment required by noon on Friday, April 28th. Minimum and maximum enrollment apply to all classes.

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Guided Play – 2 sessions: sign up for one or both
This four week session will offer 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. Please bring the 2017 card to each class. PLEASE NOTE: Players should already be familiar with both rules of play and the NMJL card.

Session 5: Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17 & 24 at 9:30am – 12:00pm
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Session 6: Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 9:30am – 12:00pm
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DCA members $65 / public $75
Prepayment required by noon on Monday, May 1st for Session 5 and Monday, June 5th for Session 6. Minimum and maximum enrollment apply to all classes.


Mah Jongg: The 2017 Card is Here! 
Hot off the presses, the much anticipated annual card from the NMJL is here! How to decipher it? Which hands and categories are updated, and which stayed the same? Are there “tricky” hands, new concealed hands, or fun dragon combinations? Instructor Donna Holt will guide you first through the changes and challenges of the 2017 card. She then will supervise play as attendees try their luck with the new hands. Gather all your mah jongg friends for an exciting few hours of craks, bams, and dots!

Open to players of all levels who are familiar with American mah jongg rules of play and understand how to read a NMJL card. Please bring your own 2017 card (order it now from as well as your 2016 card for reference.

Two dates to choose from:
Thursday, April 13
12:00pm – 3:00pm


Tuesday, April 25
9:30am -12:30pm


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


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