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Name: I Fought The Law of Total Tricks
Author: Lawrence, Mike & Wirgren, Anders
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Target Audience: Advanced
Category: Competitive
Pages: 271 Date: 2004

Synopsis: Are you tired of using the Law of Total Tricks . . . and wondering why there are often one or two tricks more or less than predicted? This book shows why this is so. Take the case where there are sixteen trumps. There will be exactly sixteen tricks only 44% of the time. Without distribution, ten trumps will not ensure safety at the four level. Would you rather know how many tricks your side has or how many tricks both sides have in total? Don't waste your time counting trumps. There are more important things to keep track of. Anders Wirgren and Mike Lawrence show a method of evaluating your hand that brings judgment back to bidding and which will result in more accurate bidding. LAWFUL? --- For years, the LAW has been telling us how the number of trumps is everything in competitive bidding. We have all heard someone saying that "We had ten hearts. I had to bid 4H." If 4H turned out to be a good bid, everyone nodded in agreement because they knew that the LAW had said bidding 4H was a good thing. If 4H turned out to be down 800 against 2S, everyone agreed that it was a statistical aberration. A sad moment. Eyes might roll a bit in wonderment that the LAW could be so off base. If you are trying to follow the LAW, you might be disappointed to learn facts such as this one. If there are sixteen total trumps between your side and their side, there will be sixteen tricks way less than you would like. It is not 100% of the time, it is not 75% of the time, it is not 50% of the time, it is 43% of the time. Do you want to make competitive bids based on something that is wrong more often than not?
 

 

 

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