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PostSubject: Two-way Total Point Count Hand Assessment April 24 2017   Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:03 pm

The Total Point Count (TPC) of a bridge hand usually refers to a combination of
1) points for high cards and
2) points for the distributional strength in the hand.
TPC methods work better than just High Card Point Count for bidding unbalanced hands with long or short suits. TPC methods are not used for bidding very balanced hands or bidding notrump where just High Card Point Count does a better job.

There are many distributional point count methods used to generate a TPC and they vary widely. What follows is a combination of various methods which I have found most useful.
A TPC produced by these methods I call a Two-way TPC.

Two-way TPC divides bridge suit bids into two types:
the bidding of declarer hands (mostly opening bids and overcalls) and
the bidding of dummy hands (support bids usually showing an 8+ card fit).
Different distributional point count methods are used for each of these 2 types of bids.

Declarer hand bids:
TPC = points for high cards + points for bidding a long suit.

Counting points for high cards: use the standard 4321 point count.
Since aces are undervalued and jacks overvalued in suit contracts, you can avoud overvaluing high cards in a hand by not counting more jacks than you have aces.

Counting points for bidding a long suit:
a 5 card suit bid is worth 2 points,
a 6 card suit bid is worth 5 points,
a 7 card suit bid is worth 8 points,

Declarer hand TPC adjustment if a fit is found:
if partner's support bid tells the declarer hand bidder they have a 9 or 10 card fit
Add 2 points for a 9 card fit and 3 points for a 10 card fit in the trump suit

Dummy hand bids:
TPC = points for high cards + points for short side suits + points for a 9 or 10 card fit.

Counting points for high cards: use the standard 4321 point count.

Counting points for short side suits (dummy points):
only count dummy points with 3 or more trump support
a doubleton is worth 1 point
a singleton is worth 2 points with 3 trumps and 3 points with 4+ trumps
a void is worth the number of trumps in the hand up to 5.

Counting points for a 9 or 10 card fit: no points for an 8 card fit but
Add 2 points for a 9 card fit and 3 points for a 10 card fit in the trump suit


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