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**I love those Florida bridge teachers! They're quite enthusiastic about losing trick account. Here are a couple of recent comments:
I would love to use your material. After your series appeared in the Bridge Bulletin, my partner and I used the principles and greatly improved our bidding. I teach losing trick count with my beginners because I believe it gives them the tools necessary to determine those tricky good 9 and 10 point hands. Most catch on.
I was delighted with your articles on losing trick count. Do you live anywhere close to Florida? Do you conduct seminars yourself?
** I have been asked about the different versions of losing trick count floating around. All I can really say is that the system I use is simple and it works! At the table, in the heat of battle, we need a system that is quick and easy to apply--as well as one that improves bidding accuracy.
Here is an example. What do you respond with this hand when partner opens 1♠?
You go into evaluation mode. At first glance, it is a nice-looking hand, but has only 9 high card points. You pause and count your losers.
The hand has only 7 losers! (3 in spades, 1 in hearts, 1 in diamonds and 2 in clubs) This makes the hand worth a game force opposite partner's 1♠ opening. That decided, you think about your possible bids and eventually determine that your singleton diamond may be the feature of greatest interest to partner. Accordingly, you jump to 4♦, a splinter bid showing shortness in diamonds, along with spade support.
Partner, holding the following hand, is delighted with this information, as the only weakness in his hand is diamonds.
Partner's powerful 4 1/2 loser hand is more than suitable for slam and, after checking for aces with blackwood, the fine contract of 6♠ is reached.
It would be hard to find a line of play where this slam would not make. This great 24-point slam is easy to bid when you use losing trick count!
Hope you're having a great summer--would love to hear from you with comments or questions!
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See you at the table!