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Double Counting - A misevaluation when a player counts  wasted values.  A common error is to count shortage points when partner has counted length points.  Another trap is to double count one's own hand.
 

  10 9 8 7 5
Q 10 8
K J 4
A K
 
J 6 2
A K
A 10 3 2
J 10 9 8


Deal: North

4 3
9 4 2
Q 9 8 7 6
5 4 3
  A K Q
J 7 6 5 3
5
Q 7 6 2
 

North  East  South  West 
   1S     (P)    4S ?

Is South's Diamond singleton worth shortage points with three top trumps?  To do so would be double-counting South's Spade honors for ruffing.  Notice how West has three quick tricks, plus the SJ if North ruffs one of South's Diamonds in dummy.

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