OPENING BIDS & HAND EVALUATION

 
 
1 OF A SUIT
13 - 20 TPC *
(Total Point Count )
 
1 NO TRUMP
16 - 18 HCP (High Card Points) 
BALANCED HAND
 
2 CLUBS
21 TPC or LESS THAN 5 LOSERS.
THE BIG HAND.
 
2 DIAMONDS 
2 HEARTS 
2 SPADES 
6 - 10 HCP. 6 CARD SUIT. 
WEAK TWO BID.
MILD PRE EMPT.
 
2 NO TRUMP
21, 22 HCP 
BALANCED HAND
 
3 OF A  SUIT
LESS THAN 10 POINTS. 
7 CARD SUIT. PRE EMPT
 
3 NO TRUMP
26, 27 HCP.
BALANCED HAND
 
4 OF A SUIT
LESS THAN 10 POINTS. 
8 CARD SUIT. PRE EMPT
 
5 OF A  SUIT
LESS THAN 10 POINTS. 
9 CARD SUIT. PRE EMPT

 
  DISTRIBUTION POINTS (DP)
 3 Points - Void
 2 Points - Singleton
 1 Point  - Doubleton
LENGTH POINTS (LP)
1 Point    -  5 Card Suit
2 Points  -  6 Card Suit
3 Points  -  7 Card Suit
4 Points  -  8 Card Suit
  ASSETS (A)***
 1 Point - 4 Aces (Subtract 1 Point with zero Aces)
 1 Point - 4 Card Trump Support
 1 Point - 5 or 6 Card Suit
 ½ Point - for each “10” in No Trump
  DUMMY POINTS (DUP)**
5 Points  -  Void
3 Points  -  Singleton
1 Points  -  Doubleton
  BIDDING RANGES (Combined TPC in both hands)
 Less than 25 Points - Part Score
 26 Points - 3 No Trump, or 4 of a Major
 29 Points - 5 of a Minor
 33 Points - Small Slam (12 Tricks)
 37 Points - Grand Slam (13 Tricks)


 
TPC = HCP + DP (or LP)+ A
  Total Point Count = High Card Points 
                               + Distributional Points 
                                   (or Length Points)
                               + Assets

 
  *NOTE: to evaluate a hand consider either Distributional Points (DP) or Length Points (LP), but not both. Which to use depends on player preference, partnership agreement or time of day.
  **Dummy Points (DUP) are 
used only after a trump fit is 
found and replaces 
Distributional Points (or Length Points).

***Assets (A) are optional 
and can be used in borderline bidding cases, such as: pass  or bid; or go to game or go to  slam. Borderling player are  another topic and beyond the 
scope of this text.


Scripto finito est; let the play commence

 
 

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