Hand Evaluation –Let me introduce you to the K & R‏

So someone tells you bridge is fun and you decide you want to learn to play. After all, you like playing cards in general. Your instructor sits down patiently and tells you that Aces are worth four points, Kings are worth three, etc. What he/she usually forgets to tell you, but what you find out later, is that this point count system is supposed to tell you the relative strength of the hand and help you in the bidding. So you learn to «open» hands with more than an average number of points in the deck per deal, usually 13 points.

As you evoke this rather simplistic hand evaluation technique, it becomes clear to you that this method is hopelessly inadequate. First off, barring a ruff, an A will take a trick, always. A king will only take a trick when the A is onside, i.e. half the time and risks getting ruffed. A «Q» is even more likely to become a nothing trick and if it’s in rho’s suit and lho hasn’t raised, it’s going to get ruffed out for sure. The proportions 4/3/2/1 just don’t seem to be quite right. Thereby a hand such as this: AK,8732,A84,8742 and this: A874,7,87,AK8765 are given the same raw point count but the latter definitely has more trick-taking power. The raw point count technique definitely does not tell the whole story.

So if you’re like most developing players, you’re introduced to another evaluation strategy: the losing trick count. For most, losing trick count asks you to…[ilink url=»http://learngoodbridge.blogspot.com.ar/2011/03/hand-evaluation-let-me-introduce-you-to.html»]Click here[/ilink] to continue reading