'Mahjong' is a Chinese word that interprets ‘clattering sparrow’, ‘flax sparrow’ or perhaps ‘hemp bird’. This is due to the fact that tiles when mixed up make a musical noise suggestive of the noise several sparrows squabbling over the strewn food crumbs make. It was in this very century that west got a glance of Mahjong, when it was launched in the international colony of Shanghai and after that in Japan, USA and lastly Europe. When Mahjong game was established in west, it was asserted that its origins were cloaked in the mists of time. But most of the facts points that the game was developed in late 1800’s in the Ningpo area of China.
There is a diversified range of mahjong games that uses pretty parallel basic rules, but different scoring and different plans, special hands and tile combinations. Although the game Mahjong as it is normally played today can be traced back only to the end of the previous century, the line of games that progressed to Mahjong is long and extensive. From around 800 AD card games were played which bear a resemblance to the way Mahjong is played. The cards used in these games looked a lot like the money used in those days.
Lately large number of people understood the kind of intellectual challenge Mahjong poses as well as the attractiveness and enthusiasm of the game. This resulted in evolving abundant clubs of Mahjong fans and a whole philosophic system ofMahjong representation is now shaped up. Now, Mahjong is also frequently called a solitaire game due to their resemblance.
The original mahjongg game is a board game for four players rather similar to the card game "Gin Rummy", but played with tiles in its place of cards. There are at least 26 acknowledged arrays of mahjong: with the six major varieties being: