Optimal Hand Evaluation: An Honors Book from Master Point Press

Optimal Hand Evaluation: An Honors Book from Master Point Press

by Patrick Darricades


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Accurately assess the value of your combined hands

Accurate hand evaluation is critically important to reaching the right contract in bridge. Yet, for over 75 years now, hand evaluation has essentially relied on Milton Work’s 4-3-2-1 honor point count — a count known to be seriously flawed and inaccurate. Even in balanced hands aces are under-valued, queens and jacks are overvalued, tens are not factored in, and distribution and fit are barely considered.

All in all, this method gives a very unsatisfactory, inaccurate point count that leads, too often, to the wrong contract.

In this book, the author addresses these flaws by applying corrections to the 4-3-2-1 honor point count and Goren’s distribution point count, and introduces revolutionary new findings that lead to much more accurate hand evaluation. Most importantly, this new Optimal hand evaluation accurately assesses the value of both hands combined, the true test of hand evaluation.

Over 100 example hands clearly establish that the Work/Goren point count is simply erroneous and that various other more modern methods do not offer a better alternative. Reading this book will let you be the judge, and applying the Optimal point count is sure to substantially improve your bidding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771402088
Publisher: Master Point Press
Publication date: 07/12/2019
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

PATRICK DARRICADES (Niagara Falls, Ontario) learned to play bridge as a teenager, but quickly became more interested in the theory of the game rather than in playing it. His studies of the statistical work of J-R. Vernes (which formed the basis for the Law of Total Tricks) led to his work on hand evaluation, and the present book.

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