Three Chows, Three Colors
Let's assume you're trying to build a 345 Mixed Triple Chow. You hold , but pick instead of . Or you hold , but pick instead of .
Well, there's nothing wrong with that, because you can go for a combination that is closely related to Mixed Triple Chow and scores just slightly less: Mixed Shifted Chows (6 pts.). This is the perfect backup plan for when your Mixed Triple Chow doesn't come through as you were hoping.
For example, in Figure 1, you can make ready on a Mixed Triple Chow if you pick or . But let's say you pick instead. You're Mixed Triple Chow failed, but you can discard and make ready on Mixed Shifted Chows (6 pts.) + All Chows (2 pts.) + Closed Wait (1 pt.) + Short Straight (1 pt.). This gives you enough points to go out on an opponent's discard (Figure 2).
You picked . You will lose two points, but you should shift to Mixed Shifted Chows.
Or, let's say you have the hand shown in Figure 1 but picked (Figure 3).
You picked . What should you discard?
With , you will complete Mixed Shifted Chows and have enough points to finish. But with a , you don't have enough points. Even if you pick the winning tile by yourself, you will only earn 7 points: Fully Concealed Hand (4 pts.) + All Chows (2 pts.) + Mixed Double Chow (1 pt.). So, what should you do? We recommend discarding . Now, you can go out using , which will give you Concealed Hand (2 pts.) + All Chows (2 pts.) + All Simples (2 pts.) + Mixed Double Chow (1 pt.) + Short Straight (1 pt.). Furthermore, if the player on your left discards , don't hesitate to meld a chow and discard : now you've guaranteed your Mixed Shifted Chows, and can go out on either or (picking yourself will also do fine: discard ).
A 2-chance hand: gives you Mixed Triple Chow, and gives you Mixed Shifted Chows.
Mixed Triple Chow and Mixed Shifted Chows are like siblings: Mixed Triple Chow is elder brother at 8 points, and Mixed Shifted Chows is younger at 6. Figure 4 shows a 2-chance hand that guarantees at least one combination or the other. One tile, , gives you Mixed Triple Chow, and another, , gives you Mixed Shifted Chows. It's a fairly rare instance of a 2-chance hand where each chance finished a different combination. With the bonus given to self-drawn hands, you're in an excellent position anytime you have a 2-chance or better hand.