## Test your knowledge

# Hand evaluation - Losing trick count

**Question 1 (of 12 on this page)**What is the Losing Trick Count used for ?

1. Counting how many tricks you will lose

2. Deciding how high to bid

3. Remembering how many tricks you can afford to lose in a contract

**Question 1 (of 12 on this page)**What is the Losing Trick Count used for ?

**Answer**

2 .*Deciding how high to bid*

**Question 2 (of 12 on this page)**What is a loser ?

1. Your partner

2. You

3. A card lower than Q

4. A bad contract

5. Something else

6. A card in the range 2-10

**Question 2 (of 12 on this page)**What is a loser ?

**Answer**

5 .*Something else*

Answer 3 was close, lower than a queen. But not close enough.

**Question 3 (of 12 on this page)**The maximum number of losers you can have in a suit is 3. TRUE or FALSE ?

1. TRUE

2. FALSE

**Question 3 (of 12 on this page)**The maximum number of losers you can have in a suit is 3. TRUE or FALSE ?

**Answer**

1 .*TRUE*

After 3 rounds of cards have been played, there's a good chance that all your remaining cards are winners

**Question 4 (of 12 on this page)**Is there any difference of use in the Losing Trick Count when playing in No Trumps

1. basically the same

2. identical

3. quite different

4. totally different

**Question 4 (of 12 on this page)**Is there any difference of use in the Losing Trick Count when playing in No Trumps

**Answer**

4 .*totally different*

You can't use it when bidding for a No Trump contract, because your shortages count against you, not in your favour.

**Question 5 (of 12 on this page)**If one of the top 3 cards is missing, do you have any "Losers" ?

1. Not if it's the Queen, and I have no other cards

2. Yes, I have one "Loser"

3. The Queen can be missing, provided I have the Ace and King.

**Question 5 (of 12 on this page)**If one of the top 3 cards is missing, do you have any "Losers" ?

**Answer**

1 .*Not if it's the Queen, and I have no other cards*

After the Ace and King have been played, you can use trumps.

**Question 6 (of 12 on this page)**Looking at the hands to the right, how many losers does West have ?

**Question 6 (of 12 on this page)**Looking at the hands to the right, how many losers does West have ?

**Answer**

.

7 losers. None in Spades, one in Hearts, and three each in the other two suits.

**Question 7 (of 12 on this page)**Looking at the hands to the right, how many losers does North have ?

**Question 7 (of 12 on this page)**Looking at the hands to the right, how many losers does North have ?

**Answer**

.

5 losers. The same high card points as West, but a much better hand with 2 fewer losers. Two each in spades and Hearts, and one in Clubs.

**Question 8 (of 12 on this page)**Looking at the hands to the right, how many losers does East have ?

**Question 8 (of 12 on this page)**Looking at the hands to the right, how many losers does East have ?

**Answer**

.

Another great hand with only 5 losers. 3 in Spades, 1 in Hearts and one in Clubs.

**Question 9 (of 12 on this page)**How many losers should a partnership have altogether to bid to 4 in a suit ?

1. 3

2. 14

**Question 9 (of 12 on this page)**How many losers should a partnership have altogether to bid to 4 in a suit ?

**Answer**

2 .*14*

Add your losers together and subtract from 18. That's the level you can bid to.

**Question 10 (of 12 on this page)**There is no question 10

**Question 10 (of 12 on this page)**There is no question 10

**Question 11 (of 12 on this page)**How many losers can you assume your partner has, after he opened with 1 Spade ?

1. 7

2. 8

3. 9

**Question 11 (of 12 on this page)**How many losers can you assume your partner has, after he opened with 1 Spade ?

**Answer**

1 .*7*

**Question 12 (of 12 on this page)**How many losers can you assume your partner has if he replied to your 1 level opening with 2 of a different but lower ranking suit ?

1. 7

2. 8

3. 9

**Question 12 (of 12 on this page)**How many losers can you assume your partner has if he replied to your 1 level opening with 2 of a different but lower ranking suit ?

**Answer**

2 .*8*

You would assume one more loser, i.e. 9, if he replied at the one level.

West | |
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A K Q J 10 | |

2 | |

10 7 6 | |

10 7 6 2 |

North | |
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7 6 | |

6 3 | |

A K Q J 9 8 5 4 | |

3 |

East | |
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9 8 5 4 | |

A Q 10 9 8 5 4 | |

K J |

South | |
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3 2 | |

K J 7 | |

3 2 | |

A Q 9 8 5 4 |