Losing trick count is a method of hand evaluation which improves bidding accuracy and bestows good results on its users! Here is a hand I played online last night and a hand that was played against me today in a sectional which demonstrate this proposition.
1. Playing IMPs online I opened 1♠ with this hand:
Partner bid 3♠, a limit raise, and it was my call. Partner's bid should show 8 losers. Although I only had 12 high card points, I counted 6 losers so I bid 4♠. A heart was led and I saw this dummy.
Diamonds were 3-3 with split honors and the hand made 4 rather easily. We won 7 IMPs.
2. In a sectional pair game today, partner passed and RHO opened 1♠. I overcalled 2♥ and LHO bid 3♥, showing a limit raise or better in spades. Partner passed and RHO jumped to 4♠, ending the auction.
I held: void/A87652/9874/AKJ. I cashed both aces and partner later got his ace of spades. Here were the hands:
Another 20 point game that can't be defeated! Our opponents properly used losing trick count and handed us a below-average score.
For more information (and to raise your bridge scores!) you can purchase my losing trick count booklets on this site. Also, I'll be giving a presentation on this subject at the fall NABC in San Francisco on Wed., Nov. 28 at 9:15 a.m.
See you at the table!