## Questions and Answers

## Question 22

Love your book: I Fought the Law of Total Tricks. Don't like the Title though!

My quick mnemonic for your system is **MLAW** or the Law according to 'St Lawrence and Anders' (**M**ike**L**awrence**A**nders**W**irgren)

I am an engineer and Bridge Life Master, and have formulated exact equations/functions for the LAW.

These equations (and/or algorithms) have been extended to cover **MLAW**, and will be published soon as the **LOR** (Law-Of-Roy).

I have however one issue that I would appreciate your comment. How do you apply MLAW to the special situation where each hand contains all 13 cards in one suit?

Each side has 20 HCP or 20 WP. Each Side has 3 voids and SST= -3. Then each side can make 16 Tricks, clearly not possible.So do you place a limit of 13 tricks on the MLAW function? Or do you take the view that as 10 HCP in each suit is opposite a void, then all HCP are worthless, making WP=0. Or do you take the view that for each hand, a void is opposite a void, then SST= 0 (i.e. only count each suit once)

As an aside, the LAW would predict the total number of tricks at: 26 Tricks for this hand, based on each side having 13 trumps.Also the LTC would predict 13 tricks per Side, (always providing each side plays the contract in one of its suits).

Roy Robers

**Answer**

If each player has one suit only, both sides have 20 HCP, but only 10 WP (dummy's honors won't produce useful discards, so we don't assign any value to them). And with an SST of -3, the formula says 13 tricks, which obviously is right.

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