3 Patterns for Using 3 Tiles (Multiple Wait Basics pt03)

Check Mahjong No Jan-Ryu for the original article. 

*Translation of the original article start below*

 

In this section, we will be going over all 3 patterns of using “Using 3 Tiles” of one specific tile. There are only 3 patterns, so it is easy to remember.

 7 Tiles (14/19) Waiting on 5 Tile Types, 13 Tiles in Total 2P has 4 Tiles, 3P has 1 Tile, 4P has 3 Tiles, 5P has 1 Tile and 6P has 2 Tiles remaining

7 Tiles (14/19)
Waiting on 5 Tile Types, 13 Tiles in Total
2P has 4 Tiles, 3P has 1 Tile, 4P has 3 Tiles, 5P has 1 Tile and 6P has 2 Tiles remaining

This shape is famous and is called “The Sandwich Shape”(Since one tile is in between 2 Ankos, it actually does seem like a sandwich).

If you look at the 3 Pin and 5 Pin as an Anko, it is a 4 Pin Tanki Wait. If you see the 3 Pin as a Jan-Tou and 5 Pin as an Anko, it is a 2・5 Pin Riyan-Men wait. If you see the 5 Pin as a Jan-Tou and 3 Pin as an Anko, it will be a 3・6 Pin Riyan-Men wait.

As seen here, it may be easier to think the “Sandwich shape wait is from the tile before the Anko through the tile of the after the second set of Anko”.

 Different example for the same shape of wait.  4,5,6,7,8 wait and 1,2,3,4,5 wait.

Different example for the same shape of wait.

4,5,6,7,8 wait and 1,2,3,4,5 wait.

The maximum amount of tiles you can wait on are 13. Here’s another pointer with this shape…

 Even with edge tiles, think that there are number 0 and 10. ”0” 1,2,3,4 wait and 6,7,8,9, “10” wait.

Even with edge tiles, think that there are number 0 and 10.
”0” 1,2,3,4 wait and 6,7,8,9, “10” wait.

Even if you have 1 or 9 in these shapes, think that the same rules apply with 0 and 10. This way, it will be easier to memorize the format. This shape will apply to other multiple wait scenarios, so let’s try and remember them.

▼ And next we have…

 7 Tiles (15/19) Waiting on 4 Tile Types, 9 Tiles in Total 3P has 1 Tile, 4P has 1 Tile, 5P has 3 Tiles 6P has 4 Tiles remaining

7 Tiles (15/19)
Waiting on 4 Tile Types, 9 Tiles in Total
3P has 1 Tile, 4P has 1 Tile, 5P has 3 Tiles 6P has 4 Tiles remaining

This shape is famous and is called “The Open Sandwich Shape” (It is said that the naming originated due to the tile is spreading out from the Anko).

If you see the 3 Pin and 4 Pin as an Anko, it will be a 5 Pin Tanki wait. If you see the 345 run as a Shun-Tsu, it will be a 3・4 Pin Shan-Pon/Shabo wait. If you see the 4 Pin as your Jan-Tou and the 3 Pin as an Anko, it will be a 3・6 Pin Riyan-Men wait.(You can also see the 4 Pin Kan-Chan wait if you have the 3 Pin as your Jan-Tou and 4 Pin as an Anko)

There are several vewrsions, but as seen in the 3~6 wait, it may be easier to memorize this by thinking that “The Open Sandwich Shape is an Anko through the tile next to the Tanki-wait”.

 Different example for the same shape of wait. 5,6,7,8 wait and 1,2,3,4 wait.

Different example for the same shape of wait.
5,6,7,8 wait and 1,2,3,4 wait.

The maximum amount of tiles you can wait on are 9 tiles.

▼ And lastly for this page…

 7 Tiles (16/19) Waiting on 3 Tile Types, 11 Tiles in Total 4P has 4 Tiles, 5P has 3 Tiles and 6P has 4 Tiles remaining

7 Tiles (16/19)
Waiting on 3 Tile Types, 11 Tiles in Total
4P has 4 Tiles, 5P has 3 Tiles and 6P has 4 Tiles remaining

If you see the 3 Pin and 7 Pin as an Anko, it is a 5 Pin Tanki wait. If you see the 3 Pin as a Jan-Tou and the 7 Pin as an Anko, it will be a 4 Pin Kan-Chan wait. You can also see the 7 Pin as a Jan-Tou and the 3 Pin as an Anko, and it will become a 6 Pin Kan-Chan wait as well.

This shape can also be memorized easily like the 4 through 6 wait as “the 3 tiles that are in between the tiles”.

 Different example for the same shape of wait. 2,3,4 wait and 6,7,8 wait.

Different example for the same shape of wait.
2,3,4 wait and 6,7,8 wait.

Maximum amount of tiles you can wait here are 11 tiles.

As you can see here, if you have 2 sets of 3 of the same tiles (You have sets of Anko A and Anko B ), the wait can be thought as “Seeing A and B as an Anko“, “A is the Jan-Tou and B is the Anko“ and “B is the Jan-Tou and A is the Anko“. The best way to tackle this, is to not over complicate the thinking process and just memorize the shape.

Next time, we will go over the 7 tile shapes and go over 3 patters that uses all 4 tiles for a specific tile.