Yes, We Can Kan

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  1. Bold Player says:

    As the Bold player in this replay I thought it might be interesting to give some comments from my perspective:

    It is important to consider the tournament format and timing for when we should take risks (which is a big part of mahjong in general). A few reasons why we might be willing to try a higher variance play in this spot:
    – We are playing a tournament of 4 hanchan length only in which net points determines qualification. Depending on the uma/oka rules you might not only need to prioritise placement but also maximise your point gain.
    – We are currently playing the 1st hand of this tournament as dealer. In earlier stages of a tournament I’m willing to gamble a little (and especially as dealer)

    I would say the first Kan is a bit more debatable because I can’t accept 2p anymore but there are some upsides to the Kan:
    – I get an extra draw which is really important for a hand like mine which has really bad shapes and desperately needs to improve (even if I don’t get a tile for tenpai I’m also looking for tiles like 37m6p6s to improve my shapes because declaring riichi with 46m waiting for 5m would be pretty sad)
    – While people will potentially have more dora in their hand now they will see that the dealer has 4 dora and as such they will play a bit safer around your hand (slowing down our opponents might allow us to draw into a riichi dora 4 hand, we aren’t relying on the chun but that is one of our outs)

    The 2nd kan should be a pretty obvious one to make because at this point we are 1-shanten with guaranteed yaku and oya mangan so we should be pushing full steam ahead and the kan gives us an extra draw

    Would we do the same play if 1p was not dora? A lot less likely because even though we get more fu with the kan (still an important consideration!) with 0 dora and bad shapes the trade offs are probably more significant.

    Keep in mind this whole I wasn’t hoping to get kan dora (it would be nice!) but I was trying to work out how to best win this hand given I could win oya mangan+