In order to successfully play Dragonboard (i.e. the here used variation of Mah-Jongg) the right strategy is exceedingly important. If you played this game several times before, you will already know that it is not enough to just remove the tiles "as they come".
So here are a few hints on how to play Dragonboard:
(ATTENTION: These rules only apply to the standard layout - the Dragon)
At the start of a game, concentrate on the four tiles blocking the most: the leftmost one, the two tiles to the very right side and the topmost tile in the middle of the Dragon. If possible, try to remove these tiles first.
Resolve long rows rather than high stacks of tiles. Anyway, in most cases you only can remove the tiles in the middle towards the end of a game. But much too often you'll reach a dead-end, only because a desperately needed tile is stuck in a long row you can't resolve.
I know the temptation is big. You recently spotted a free matching pair and immediately want to remove it. But, alas, listen to me - ALWAYS make sure that there is no other tile of the same type visible. Even if it is not free. In this case you have to decide which of the three tiles you remove best. If you remove two tiles out of a triple make sure you leave the one blocking the least important tiles. If you're not sure about which tile to remove - leave it. You often can decide the buisiness better later on.
If you come across all four tiles of a type lying free: REMOVE THEM IMMEDIATELY!.
Try to keep in mind which tiles you already removed from the board. Well, actually not every single tile (there are 144 tiles out there - what do you think you are? A robot?). But at least you should try to memorize how many tiles of a type you have removed yet.
Last but not least: Always try to plan as many moves in advance as possible.
Of course, these hints are only generally speaking. It is not always necessary to stick to these rules if you want to win a Dragonboard game.
By now you should be able to resaonably play Dragonboard. Throughout the last pages, we tried to provide you with all the things you need to know in order to become an advanced Mah-Jongg player. If you think you missed something read the tutorial again.
Stay calm, stay cool and remember - the three most important things you need to play Mah-Jongg are: experience, experience and once more experience.
HAVE FUN WITH IT!