When I score, I’m always careful to say out loud the score as I’m writing it down and also say from who to who. I will then, while people are washing the tiles, hold up the score sheet for everyone to see even if they haven’t asked for it. People usually glance or take it from me to check. I do this as a matter of principle as I think it’s important for people to check that I’ve written their winning score down correctly and that everyone agrees. Sometimes someone will notice a mistake, either in the scoring of the hand or I’ve written something in the wrong column. We’re all human after all and it’s a big responsibility. Plus it’s much easier to fix a mistake the moment it happens rather than later.
I can vouch for you and say that is exactly how you did it at our table when we played, which was much appreciated.
Sometime after the start of the South round, the starting South player opposite me says that he thinks I didn’t write down his mangan. So I pick up the score sheet and we all take a look to discover where the problem is.
What do we do now? The referee was also looking at the score sheet to try and see something, but spots nothing. I called over the head referee and asked for her opinion. She said that if the other two players (excluding myself and the one claiming the mangan) do not remember and the hand was several hands ago, nothing could be done and we had to keep playing.
Of course, this was grossly unsatisfactory for the South player who feels he has lost his mangan. I am totally horrified that I could have made a mistake. In the end, we’ll never know what happened. Whether it was misremembered by the player or a mistake on my part…
However, it really upset me.
Here's the point of my post. It's not your fault, and don't beat yourself up about it.
Like the saying goes... no good deed goes unpunished. You tried to be helpful, and now you're suffering for it.
You were stepping up above and beyond to do the scoring, and moreso made your process as transparent as possible by offering the sheet for examination every hand. There's nothing more you could have done. Even better, both the ref and the head ref got your back, so the problem is not you, here it is with South.
EVEN IF (which I don't think you did) made a mistake... South had the opportunity to verify your math, but chose to accept your math uncontested at the time it was relevant. It was stressed during the referee seminar that you can't go backwards... players have to lodge complaints for the hand at hand, otherwise accept what has transpired and move on.
I can’t tell you how bad I still feel about that table, and how I keep replaying the game in my head to try and find that missing mangan.
So clearly you are a person who cares. Do your best to let it go. It's South's problem to lose sleep over, not yours.
In the end, we are human and there’s only so much we can do…
One solution we came up with at one of my tables was we rotated who kept score. In doing so, we all checked each others' math... and I did catch some crazy math on another player's part... he wasn't cheating, just didn't carry his one to the right place. In the end, I think the vast majority of the players were friendly and fair people. Tensions always run a tad high at competitions, so maybe a little room for forgiveness, but otherwise, like the Jamaican players said... No worries mon.
What? You didn't meet the Jamaican players?