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Counting Points

The two main sources of strength in a hand of bridge come from high cards and long suits.

  • Count your High Card Points, A=4, K=3, Q=2, J=1
  • Add your Length Points, 5-card suit=1, 6-card suit=2…
  • The sum is your Total Points

High Card Points

Look at the top cards in every suit and count them as follows.
A = 4 points
K = 3 points
Q = 2 points
J = 1 point
The example hand has 13 high card points.

Length Points

Long suits are often as useful as high card points – sometimes more so
1 point for a 5-card suit, 2 points for a 6-card suit and so on
The example hand has 2 length points

Total Points

High card points + Length points = Total points.
The example hand has 13 high card points + 2 length points = 15 total points.


  1. Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

    Hi @susanl,
    Opening light in third seat is a fairly common strategy and it can bring mixed results so it’s fun to give it a whirl sometimes.
    You might find this interesting:

  2. Profile photo of mabcookie mabcookie says:

    i wasn’t taught to count length

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