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Short Suit Distribution Points  
 
There are two different techniques used for counting your distribution points. The second method is when you have know that between you and your partner's hand you have at least 8 cards in the same suit. This is known as 'finding a fit' - if you have less than three cards in a suit can you give yourself extra points

What are my distribution points after finding a fit?

“The longer your suits are, the more valuable they are”
 In Lesson 1c. we counted your HCP .  Now we use the number of cards above and beyond a 4 card holding in each suit to give you extra points. These are called distribution points (DP ).

To calculate your DPs you must add an additional 1 point for each 5-card suit and an extra 1 point for each additional card in the same suit. Distribution points are added to your HCP.

How to count your Short Suit distribution points.

The following system is commonly used for Short Suit Points:
1. Short suit distribution points: 5 points for a void in a suit; 3 points for a singleton in a suit and 1 point for a doubleton with no honour cards, these are added to your HCP after your partnership has reached a fit. This is the way you evaluate the strength of your hand after you partner has supported (bid) your trump suit .


Definition of Terms

· a 'void' is where your hand contains no cards in a suit;
· a 'singleton' is where your hand holds only 1 card in a suit;
· a 'doubleton' is when your hand holds two cards in a suit;
· a 'fit' in a suit is when you and your partner have 8 or more cards in one suit;

NB: Long and short suit points cannot be combined together at the same time, use only one or the other when evaluating your hand.



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Your Hand
  • A K 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
  • 10 8
  • 4

Exercise: Calculate the distributional points on this hand:
Answer = 9 DPs. 5 points for a club void +3 points for diamond singleton +1 point for heart doubleton. If your partner had not mentioned spades you haven't found a fit, you would only have 6 DP's distribution points




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