Counting your losers
When do I count my losing tricks?
DefinitionCounting your losing tricks is a method of re-evaluating your hand once you have found a trump suit 'fit' and are in a suit contract.This method is not designed to replace point count, it is designed to further help you to predict the number of tricks your partnership can be expected to win
The RulesCount your losing tricks and add to this number your partners losing tricks and subtract this number from 24.
Note: The number 24 is derived from the maximum of 3 losers countable per suit per hand - so you can only count 24 losers maximum in a hand. There is no guarantee that you will in fact make this number of tricks, it should be used as a guide only.
The SolutionCount losing tricks only for the first three cards of each suit (The 4th, 5th, 6th etc. cards in a suit are taken as winners.)
With three or more cards in a suit count the A, K and Q as winners; anything lower is a loser.
With two cards in a suit count the A and K as winners; anything lower is a loser
With one card in a suit count the A as a winner; anything lower is a loser
There are never more than three losers in a suit. There are never more losers in a suit than the number of cards in the suit .
|Cards held in suit||Number of losers||Cards held in suit||Number of losers|
|J T 9||3||8 6 3 2||3|
|A 7 5||2||A 7 5||2|
|K 6 4||2||Q J T 4||2|
|K Q 8||1||K Q 7 4||1|
|A K T||1||A Q 6 4||1|
|A K Q||0||A K Q 8 6||0|
|J 5||2||Q 9 (*2 card suit)||2|
|A 2||1||K (*singleton)||1|
|T 9 8 7 4 3||3||A 8 7 5 4||2|
|K J 8||2||K Q 7 4 2||1|
|A Q 6 4 3 2||1||A K Q 9 7 3 2||0|
|Q J (*2 card suit)||2||K Q (*2 card suit)||1|