* A bridge teacher from Florida wrote:
Yesterday, my partner and I played bridge. One hand I held had only 12 HCP but 6 losers so I went to game, making 5. Another hand I held had 13 HCP but 7 losers so when my partner did a Bergen limit raise, I purposely didn't go to game and bid 3. My partner liked her very nice 11 points and took me to game. Down 1. I was SOLD on LTC!
She ordered a teacher package and will be ordering copies of Losing Trick Count for her students.
* Next is a question from someone who attended a class I taught last week in Sonoma on Losing Trick Count.
I saw this hand in the Press Dem today and have a question about bidding and Losing Trick Count. This is a typical problem for me.
West: K6, KQ1094, K5, A762
Bidding: N E S W
P P 1S 2H
3S P 4S
If I'm South, I think about losing trick count. South has 7 losers, North has 8 losers when saying 3S. So I may not go to 4S. Where am I going wrong? It should be in 4S and made 4S.
My response: There are many factors involved with this hand.
1. If you use the LTC adjustments, the South hand can be upgraded to a 6 loser hand.
2. The North hand is close to a 7- loser hand: 7 1/2losers,
3. The distribution is such that game makes, but with different distribution, it would not.
See you at the table!