Zar hand evaluation

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Zar-Hand evaluation


I refer gladly to the paper of mr. Zar Petkov himself :  Never miss a game again.


Having read the paper of mr. Petkov,  how do we map this on Jazz16?


  • open 1♦/♥/♠  from 26 zarpunten onwards (zp). If you have sufficient hp-strength , just open accordingly. The zar-count comes in handy in border cases where you search for a justification to open (where others may pass).
  • We open (the strong) 1♣ from 32 zp onwards. . Partner answers  1♦ with  8-19 zarpoints. From 20 zp onwards you (32+20=52) you make the bidding game forcing. This also means that with a lousy 16hp hand like   HB108 VB75 AVB Vx, where before we would open with 1♣ , we now should open with 1♦  (Zar 29).
  • apply the preëmptive openings ( 2x/3x) with  22-25 zarpoints. The simple message is " I do not have 26zp" .


 

We experienced that reading these pages when using zp's is rather difficult. To preserve the readability we keep on using the Milton-counting. Nevertheless the zar-counting remains valid and is a good measurement to validate hands with distribution power and control cards. We apply following agreement :   


 








Correlation Zar en Milton


Level

Opening

Strength zp

Milton hp

Rule of

1

1♦/♥/♠/ZT

26-31

12-15

20


1♣

32+

16+

25

2-3

2-3-4x

22-25

6-11

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