## Question 12

I very much enjoyed reading I Fought The Law. The Law definitely has its shortcomings, as you show here.

The only problem I find with your method is estimating your WP, but it may be nice that judgment is still needed. I myself have for many years counted losers, which has worked well for me. I use a simplified version of the Losing Trick Count. I make no corrections for a suit like Qxx, but I remember it as a minus (like when you estimate the WP count).
I have made a comparison between your method and mine with the aid of some examples from the book:

 Page WP/SST LTC Best method 160 9 9 none 161 11 11 none 163 11 10 WP/SST ? 164 12 13 none 165 10 10 none 166+168 11 10 none 169 9 9 none 171 9 10 WP/SST ? 172 9 9 LTC ? 178-1 7 7 LTC ? 178-2 9 8 none 183 9 7 WP/SST 190 8 8 none 191 9 8 WP/SST ? 192 7 7 none

• 164: Blackwood solves the problem.
• 166+168: Difficult with so many finesses.
• 171: 4 is sometimes good against their 3.
• 172: Difficult to realize during the bidding that WP is more than 18 (i.e. 10 tricks).
• 178-1: Most likely you would estimate WP higher, i.e. 8 tricks
183: Here LTC is bad. Singleton versus a bad suit is good.
• 191: WP could be 16, i.e. 8 tricks.

According to this, WP/SST was superior only once (example page 183).
After having read your book, I often think of your method when I play bidge. But I still think counting losers is quicker and simpler, so I will continue doing so. Maybe you need to write a new book to question (kill) my way of reasoning.

Ola Mattsson
Stockholm