Take advantage of this time and practice playing Mah Jongg online with more courage than in your in-person games.
What I mean is be brave while playing online. Go for hands on the card that scare you; ones you usually stay away from like Singles and Pairs. Always have a backup hand, though.
Use the Mah Jongg Highlighters and delve into the Singles and Pairs hands. Place a Highlighter on your potential Singles and Pairs hand, then use another Highlighter for your backup hand in another section.
Mah Jongg teacher Daron Barness talks about how each hand in the Singles and Pairs section has a backup hand. Converting from a Singles and Pairs hand to somewhere else on the Mah Jongg card can be difficult because you are leaving that section of the card and going to another; as opposed to just switching hands within a section. Get it?
So place another Highlighter on your backup hand in case you have to quickly change hands when you see your needed tiles being discarded. You will easily be able to switch and keep track of your backup hand instead of panicking and scrambling to find another hand.
I’m really enjoying playing online against bots for now. That little blinking “waiting for you” reminder keeps me on my toes and at a quicker pace. I tried my first Singles and Pairs hand today. I was only 2 tiles away and the game ended in a wall game. So I was happy with my efforts.
Again, take some time to get yourself set up with playing Mah Jongg online. It’s the perfect time to improve your skills and speed. I use MyJongg.net to play.
Stay safe. And keep up your Mah Jongg skills as this too shall pass. xo