FUN COMPETITION: Ruth Brown loves to play and teach the Chinese game of mah jong.
FUN COMPETITION: Ruth Brown loves to play and teach the Chinese game of mah jong. Boni Holmes

Anyone for mah jong? There's 55 ways of winning

A TEACHER who loves teaching will always find something to teach.

That is exactly what Maryborough's Ruth Brown has been doing since her days as a high school teacher.

"Before I started teaching my most favourite game, mah jong, I taught bridge for 18 years," Mrs Brown said.

"Now after a small break I have decided to teach mah jong again and hold friendly games - but I am looking for new pupils."

Raised by her grandparents in Murgon, Mrs Brown said her love of teaching started from as early as five years old.

After finishing teachers' training college she started working in 1941.

Mrs Brown moved to Maryborough in 1976 with her husband Aubrey and they built a house in 1977 in Queen St.

"We had only moved in a couple of weeks and a woman came knocking on the door and said she was married to my husband's nephew and said she lived just up the road," she said.

"She asked me if I could play mah jong. This was November 1977. I said no and she said come up and I will teach you.

"I have been playing mah jong ever since."

By 1996 Mrs Brown had started teaching people how to play.

"There are so many different hands you can get - it really is terribly interesting and relaxing," she said.

"There are actually 55 ways of winning but nobody usually uses more than five or six ways.

"The players that come round love it - and they always come back."

Mah jong is a game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a degree of chance. It is played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols.

Mrs Brown holds beginner classes on Mondays at 1pm and games on Wednesdays at 1pm at her home in the Fair Haven Retirement Village.

Call 4121 6097 if you are interested.

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