Stroud U3A Mahjong group meets fortnightly on a Monday afternoon from 2.00 p.m. Do come along - we welcome new members, whether they are beginners or experienced players.
For further information, contact Jane Harvey (tel: 07919 920 034, email: Mahjong).
Mahjong is a charming Chinese game played with engraved tiles. The exotic tiles, the oriental associations and the rituals which surround the game lend it a certain mystique. However, although the rules can be intricate, the rudiments of play are easy to master and very similar to many card games such as Rummy.
It seems most likely that the game originated in China in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It quickly spread to other countries in the early part of the twentieth century, becoming popular in the West in the 1920s.
Along the way the rules mutated into a variety of national forms; we play by British Rules, getting guidance and answers to queries from the website.
The aim of the game is to collect sets of matching tiles in the same suit, sequence or rank, or any number of variations called ‘special hands’. It is easy to play the basic game and incorporate the more advanced sets, rules and variations bit by bit as you get more confident.