Riderwood's August 9th Mah Jongg Tournament is Now Accepting Public Registrations

SILVER SPRING, MD (February 23, 2012) - Riderwood is now accepting public registrations for its annual Mah Jongg Tournament, which will be held Thursday, August 9, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30  p.m., in the Montgomery Station Performance Hall at the retirement community's campus, 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD. Proceeds from the tournament  will benefit the campus' Benevolent Care Fund. More than $1,000 was contributed to the fund as a result of last year's tournament. The resident-run tournament, which is now in its fifth year, is expected to attract nearly 100 players region-wide from locales such as Northern Virginia, Silver Spring, Annapolis, Bethesda, Tacoma Park, Colesville, Burtonsville, Rockville, Laurel, Beltsville, Baltimore City, Crofton, Bowie, and others. Cash awards will be given to winners of the tournament, with a First Place prize of $300, a Second Place prize of $150 and a Third Place prize of $75. There will be five rounds of play in the tournament, which will be officiated in accordance with National Mah Jongg League, Inc., rules. Registration, which is $40 per person, can be made via a mailed check made payable to Milly Spector,  c/o 3148 Gracefield Road (T25), Silver Spring, MD 20904. Registration includes lunch, cash prizes and door prizes. The registration deadline is Friday, July 27. Riderwood has a reputation as being a Mid-Atlantic hot spot for Mah Jongg. Numerous groups of residents play this fast-paced game daily. "It's a game that combines luck with instinct," said Barbara Breit, a lifelong Mah Jongg player who learned the game from her mother and who operated a pawn shop in Portsmouth, Virginia, with her husband before she moved to Riderwood. "You have to know what you're doing in order to play well." Mah Jongg originated in China. The game was subsequently introduced to the United States in 1920, quickly gaining popularity and spreading across the country.