Mah Jongg classes

DCA Moh Jongg classes begin in the fallAmerican Mah Jongg is an exciting 4-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 Talk and Signing with Author Gregg Swain, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game

Monday, May 2nd
10:00am – 11:30am
$5 DCA members
$10 Public price

Reservations are requested for this event.
Books will be available for sale at this event.

Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mah Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles. Authors Ann Israel and Gregg Swain set out to create a book that chronicles the early beginnings of the game and documents Mah Jongg sets from the most basic to the most outrageous and opulent sets.

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Three Options below for Mah Jongg in April

Four Week Beginner Mah Jongg classes
Can’t commit to the longer 6 week class? Try this 4 week session that will cover the same information in fewer weeks with longtime Darien resident and instructor Donna Holt. Beginners will learn the basics: 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.

Four Tuesdays, April 19, 26 & May 3, 10
9:30am – 12:30pm
$75 DCA members, $85 public

Guided Mah Jongg Play
You’ve learned to play American Mah Jongg, and you’re hooked, but are you still feeling a bit hesitant to play with new groups? This 4 week class will offer lots of playing time and the chance to meet other players, 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.

Four Wednesdays, April 20, 27 & May 4, 11
12:30pm – 3:30pm

Morning of Mah Jongg with the New 2016 Card
Hot off the presses, the always anticipated yearly 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, more concealed hands, or lovely new dragon combinations? Instructor Donna Holt will guide you through the changes and challenges of the 2016 card, then she will supervise play as you try your luck with the new hands. Gather all your Mah Jongg friends for an exciting morning of craks, bams, and dots! Open to anyone who has completed any beginner Mah Jongg class, or is a regular player familiar with American Mah Jongg rules and play. Please bring your new 2016 card (available from as well as your 2015 card.

Pick your session: Wednesday, April 13th or Friday, April 22nd
9:30am – 12:30pm
Prepayment is required by Monday, April 18th.
Minimum enrollment applies.
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Mah Jongg 2 Classes Start in February 2016

Are you ready to take your beginner level American Mah Jongg game up a notch or two? Instructor Donna Holt will help you develop: improved passing, quicker play, further understanding of the current card and rules, and defensive strategies. This class is for those who have already taken a beginner level Mah Jongg course, or have some experience playing but want to become more proficient.

Six Wednesdays: February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
12:30pm – 2:30pm
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