Q: Can you please reprint how to count losers?
A: This is from the Dec. 2011 Bridge Bulletin article. For more information you may purchase a copy of my booklet on Losing Trick Count, available on this site.
HOW TO COUNT LOSERS
2. With 3 or more cards in a suit count the A, K and Q as winners; anything lower as a loser.
3. With a doubleton, count the A or K as a winner and anything else as a loser. With a singleton, only the ace is a winner; anything else is a loser.
AKQxx no losers Kxx 2 losers xxxxx 3 losers
AKxxx 1 loser Kx 1 loser Qx 2 losers
Axxxxx 2 losers KQx 1 loser Jxx 3 losers
Q: You mention Bergen raises in your article. Can you elaborate?
A: This is the introduction to the Bergen raise section reprinted here from my booklet.
Presenting a System of Major Suit Raises
Based on Losing Trick Count
While LTC works with any bidding system, for the greatest bidding accuracy it is advantageous to combine LTC with Bergen and constructive raises in a 2/1 game forcing system. This system works extremely well, although it is perhaps best left to experienced players.
Bergen raises are a system of responses at the three level to a major suit opening bid. They show 3 or 4-card trump support. The convention is named after Marty Bergen, who developed it.
Q: Will you be writing more about LTC?
A: Yes! As more and more bridge players experiment with LTC and realize the positive impact it has on their game, I receive more comments, questions and book orders. As more bridge teachers teach it to their classes, I predict a groundswell until most players embrace the concept and it becomes the established norm.
Remember--you can use LTC even if your partner doesn't! When your partner admires the fact that you were the only pair in the room to get to game (or were the only pair to stop short of a game that didn't have a prayer) and asks you how you made your bidding decisions, you can explain that you were just following LTC principles. Your partner will then come to this site to order a copy of the book--or at least go back and read the articles in the Bridge Bulletin.
If you would like to be notified when new LTC publications or material is available, please let me know by sending an email to: Jennife574@aol.com. Feel free to include a message or merely put "LTC updates" in the subject line of your email and you'll be added to the mailing list.
See you at the table!