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Any Player Can Stop the Charleston, No Questions Asked (Article ID 118)
Abstract: Stopping the Charleston after the first three moves is permitted and does not require another players’ permission to do so nor does that person need to give a reason as to why they make their decision. Would we put anything in here as to whether one’s choice was right to stop it? Such as, strategically speaking, it does not make sense to stop the Charleston unless you have one strong hand (or two?). Reason being, one would not want to give up the opportunity to add more tiles to his hand during the second Charleston moves.
Question from a player: A player wants to stop the Charleston even though she has three tiles to pass. May she do so?
Answer from the NMJL: “Any player may stop the Charleston after the first three compulsory passes without giving a reason for doing so.”
Source: Mah Jongg Made Easy 2020 page 30 para. 2
Other answers from the NMJL:
“Any player may stop the passing after the first left for whatever reason.”
“Any player may stop the Charleston after the first three compulsory passes without giving a reason for doing so. In this case, courtesy pass is permitted. Once the second Charleston has been started then it must be completed with the last pass to the right. Courtesy pass of one, two or three tiles is agreed upon by the opposite players. Blind pass, see back of the score card, last paragraph.”
“You do not have to give any reason if you wish to stop the Charleston. It is any player’s choice to do so.”
“A player may stop the passing without giving a reason for doing so.”
“Player who stopped the Charleston can still offer one, two or three tiles to her opposite player.”
Sources for other answers: National Mah Jongg League Bulletin Q&A (1980 page 3, 1981 page 2, 1982 page 4, 1984, 1993 page 12, 1996 page 5, 1995 page 5, 1977 page 4, 1978 page 4, 1988 page 5, 1991 page 12, 1969 page 4, 1971 page 4, 1972 page 5, 1973 page 4, 1974 page 4, 1975 page 3, 1983 page 3, 1997 page 5, 1999 page 5, 2000 page 5, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org