Friday, December 9, 2011
What's this losing trick count?
Above: A total of 11,429 tables of bridge were in play at the Fall NABC in Seattle. A table is four persons who play one session of bridge.
Your partner opens 1♥ and you hold:
♠7 5 4 ♥Q 9 7 ♦K 9 2 ♣A J 7 5.
Would you make a limit raise to 3♥? Would you only bid 2♥ with 10 high-card points? Would you do something else?
If you think this hand is worth a limit raise, you need to think again. Yes, you have 10 HCP, but you should subtract 1 point for your flat distribution. Better yet, you should learn about losing trick count. This hand has 9 losers and you should have only 8 losers to invite. If LTC makes your eyes spin, check out the web site Jenn Bridge. Jennifer Jones has written a booklet that explains what it's all about. She also has written some articles for the Bridge Bulletin, the first of which is in the December issue.
I played this deal in the first qualifying session of the Senior Mixed Pairs -- board No. 25. Here are all four hands:
Kate and I received a bonus when the opponents balanced. I was able to double the final contract and +300 was worth 23.5 on a 25 top.
For information about ordering Jennifer's booklet, go here.
Photo taken with my Canon 40D.