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There are a number of possible ways to enter the building as follows:
1 Enter directly from the Toronto Street parking lot which enters on the second floor,
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There is an elevator and stairs for those that enter via 2 or 3.
How Many Points for a NT Game?
My partner and I were discussing why I was not making my recent contracts in No Trump. It couldn't be my play of the hand (LOL). So I checked on-line and found this informative article on when the hand should make in NT.
Source:www.bridgebears.com Ralph Welton on December 24, 2010
in Bridge Bidding Theory
How many points does it take to make a game contract in no trump – 3NT?
That depends on how you count points. Let’s start by looking at high card points only, with the common 4-3-2-1 point valuations. There are 40 points in the deck and thirteen tricks to every hand. So, on average, it takes 3 points to win a trick.
Based on this, one would expect 11 tricks from 33 points, leaving two tricks for the opponentsʼ 7 points. But a general guideline for slam bidding says that 12 tricks, and not 11, can be won with 33 points.
Similarly, to win nine tricks (3NT), one would predict 9 x 3 = 27 points, leaving four tricks for the opponentsʼ 13 points. 27 is indeed the old-fashioned guideline, but itʼs long outdated. Today, many believe a good 24 gives adequate play for 3N, leaving the opponents with only 4 tricks for their 16 points.
Precision uses 8 points as a minimum game force facing a big club of 16 (16 + 8 = 24). Some precision players allow the bidding to die at 2N when both opener and responder have lackluster balanced minimums, though they are quick to upgrade their hands and continue to 3N if the hand has additional value. A five card suit or a suit KT9x might be judged enough additional value to bid 3N on 24 hcp.
Here is a table comparing tricks won as declarer to total hcp in the partnership.
high card points
3 points per trick equals…
tricks actually won
The “tricks actually won” shown in this table will not be won on each and every hand. Thirty-three point slams frequently do go set, as do 24 point 3N contracts. But on average, the point totals given provide good play for the number of tricks listed as “tricks actually won”.
So, why is it that most players use a target of 25 or 26 points for bidding game? The answer takes us back to my original statement — it depends on how you count points. There are schemes for adding points for long suits, for short suits, and for fits — leading to point totals greater than the raw-hcp total. If you use one of these methods, then you will indeed want to have more than 24 total points for 3N.
The main trouble with this add-extra-points method is that it’s not the same for NT as it is for suits. Some theorists have devised separate methods for fit bidding and NT bidding. That’s OK if you can accurately judge when to use your NT method and when to use your suit method. For example, you’re thinking of raising partner’s diamond suit. Should you use your suit-oriented evaluation method, promoting for ruffing values and again for extra trumps, or your NT evaluation method, counting only hcp? Are you psychic enough to know when partner might be considering 3N? If not, you have to guess which method to use.
To avoid this problem, I suggest always using the NT method (hcp without distributional promotion) at least when 3N is possible final contract.
Computer simulations suggest a 24 point 3N contract is only about 50-50 to go plus. But is there a way to predict when the 24 pointers rate to succeed and when they rate to fail? It would be nice to only bid the ones that have good play for 9 tricks.
It turns out that the answer is yes. If you deduct a point for 4333 shape, and deduct a point for honors without small cards in the suit (unless partner has bid the suit), and if partner does the same, you will devalue exactly the hands that rate to play poorly in 3N.
Bidders often resist devaluing their hands, not wishing to pass when they might have bid, but discipline yourself in your counting, then bid aggressively to 24 point games. Here’s an example:
♠ K J
♥ A T 8 6
♦ Q J 7
♣ A J 9 2
This hand is worth 16 hcp minus one for the devalued spade KJ (subtract a point for honors with no small cards in the suit). If you open a standard 15-17 1N, and partner invites with 2N, you should decline.
♠ K J 6
♥ A T 8
♦ Q J 7
♣ A J 9 2
Move one of your small hearts into the spade suit, and the KJ pull full weight. But then you have 4333 shape, which is also a deduction, so you still decline.
♠ K J 8 6
♥ A T
♦ Q J 7
♣ A J 9 2
Move both of your small hearts into the spade suit, and you have no deductions. So you can accept, expecting to be in a 24 point game that is better than 50-50.
In addition to deducting for honors without a small card in the suit and deducting for 4333 shape, you should also deduct for holding 4 cards in a minor suit that partner has shown (see my post about what a fit is worth ). It may seem perverse to deduct for a fit when you’ve always been told that having a fit is a good thing, but that’s only true when evaluating your hand for play in the trump suit.
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