This calculator evaluates balanced hands to determine if they should open a strong 1NT (15-17 points).
Canapé is a distinctive bidding method where the shorter of two suits is typically introduced first. If the player holds two suits of equal length, the lower-ranking suit may be shown first.
CRIFS is American expert Larry Cohen's facetious hand evaluation method in fourth seat.
The classic hand evaluation method for counting suit length or shortness. Length points are counted for 5-card and longer suits. Short suit points are counted for doubletons, singletons, and voids.
The Five Level Belongs to the Opponents
A Bols bridge tip about bidding five-over-five by the late American expert Ed Manfield. As the title suggests, bidding at the five level over the opponents is argued to be a losing proposition.
High Card Points
High card points ("HCP") are the cornerstone of hand evaluation. They represent numeric values for each honor card: ace, king, queen, and jack.
The Law of Total Tricks
In bridge, the Law of Total Tricks (or simply "The Law") is a hand evaluation method for competitive auctions. Originally proposed by Jean-René Vernes in his 1966 book "Bridge Moderne de la Défense," and popularized in modern bridge by American experts Marty Bergen and Larry Cohen.
Losing Trick Count
Losing Trick Count (LTC) is a hand evaluation method popularized by Australian expert Ron Klinger. It's used to judge how high to bid after an 8+ card trump fit is identified.
Pearson Points (Rule of 15, Cassino Count)
Pearson Points (aka Rule of 15, or Cassino Count) are a hand evaluation method for opening the bidding in 4th seat.