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Topic: Getting Better as an Absoloute Beginner

Getting Better as an Absoloute Beginner
Posted 02 April 2012, 10:27 AM
#977 (In Topic #220)
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Hey guys,
I started playing Riichi mahjong a couple of weeks ago, and have been practicing mostly on the site Japanese Mahjong - Flash Game playing against computers until my skill isn't at an embarrassingly low level. I found some resources to get better here, but I was wondering if there were any to work your way up from a complete beginner to someone of moderate skill.
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Posted 03 April 2012, 3:54 PM
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Play against humans online.  I use  Another place y'can go:

For tenhou, at least, there are some English instructions on how to navigate the site.

For some really fast play, I have my iTouch (er iPod Touch) and play using the Nagomi Mahjong app.
App Store - MahJong Nagomi

There is also Jan Ryu Mon.
App Shopper: Janryumon PLUS (Games)
Unfortunately, this game isn't working on my iTouch.  Sadface.
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Posted 04 April 2012, 10:57 PM
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If you're worried about getting to a point where you're confident, I advise that after you're comfortable with the CPU you play in the general room on Tenhou a bit as a "NoName", meaning don't register an account. This way you won't have stats or a record, and that's kind of for the better if you're starting out and you don't want to be discouraged by having to worry about that stuff.

There's really a shortage of English-language strategy online, as you might have noticed. If you dig in the reachmahjong or osamuko archives there's some good stuff, and I recommend this translation blog of a strategy blog by a super-strong player (Tenhou 8dan). A lot of straightforward advice from beginner to advanced levels.
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Posted 10 April 2012, 4:25 PM
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Thanks for your replies!
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