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Mah-jongg tournament draws big crowd

Riderwood’s ninth annual event attracts players of all ages

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December 13th, 2016
Barbara Breit helped to organize a mah-jongg tournament at Riderwood for about 120 people.

Barbara Breit helped to organize a mah-jongg tournament at Riderwood for about 120 people.

Enthusiastic players from around the mid-Atlantic flocked to Riderwood in Silver Spring, Md., over the summer for a lively mah-jongg tournament, which was held on campus in August. 

About 120 people attended Riderwood’s ninth annual mah-jongg tournament, some Riderwood residents and their friends and family along with many others who do not live at Riderwood.

“It’s open to the public, and most of the people who play are from outside the community,” says resident Barbara Breit, who helps to organize the tournaments. “A few who have come in have liked Riderwood and have ended up [reserving] apartments.”

Riderwood’s first mah-jongg tournament included only about four tables of players. This year, there were nearly 30 tables at the five-round tournament played in accordance with the National Mah-Jongg League rules. 

The first-place winner of the tournament took home $300, and second- through fourth-place winners collected prizes ranging from $200 to $50. Other players received door prizes like a hand-knit scarf and restaurant gift certificates. 

Fun, competitive day

Everyone in attendance was treated to a lunch of sandwiches, chicken salad, potato salad, trays of cheeses, and plenty of sweet treats, all prepared by Riderwood’s dining services staff. 

The tournament raises funds for Riderwood’s Resident Care Fund, which is in place to assist residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond their control. Full details are in Riderwood’s Residence and Care Agreement.

“It is a fun day, and everybody loves it,” Barbara says. “My daughter comes with a group of her friends and they love it—we have all ages.”