Scoring And Score-sheets





The score is a very important incident of the game of Auction, and to

keep it properly requires considerable care and skill.



The figures frequently run into high numbers on both sides, and when

the rubber continues during three hotly contested games, they become

quite voluminous.



The score-sheet should be left on the table, and the writing on it

should be of such size that it can be seen at a glance. This saves time

and trouble, as it relieves the players from the necessity of asking

the state of the score.



In some clubs two scores are kept, so that, in the only too probable

contingency of a mistake being made, it may invariably be detected.

This, however, is unnecessary, and at times confusing. The extra sheet

is also apt to prove annoying, because of the space it occupies upon

the table. One score is quite sufficient, if it be competently kept,

and each entry, as well as the additions, verified.



There are two totally different types of Auction score-sheets. The one

which is used in perhaps ninety per cent. of the private games, and,

strange as it may seem, in many clubs, has absolutely no excuse for its

existence, except that it was the first to be introduced and has the

reputation of being universally used in foreign countries. It requires

scoring above and below the line, which is a most cumbersome and

dilatory proposition. Keeping tally by this method involves, at the end

of a rubber, long mathematical problems, which, as the scorer is then

in a hurry, frequently result in serious, and at times undiscovered,

mistakes.



The modern system adopted in the up-to-date clubs, in which the game

has received its most scientific development, and in the highest class

of social games, does away with the antiquated methods and exacting

mathematical problems of the above- and below-the-line system, by using

a form of score-sheet which allows and encourages the scorer to

mentally compute simple sums during the progress of the rubber. By the

elimination of complicated figuring, it minimizes the opportunity for

mistake, and delay at the end of the rubber.



All players are doubtless familiar with the old system of above-and

below-the-line scoring, but only three classes now use it:



A. Those who have never had the modern system and its advantages

called to their attention.



B. Those who believe that, having once become accustomed to any

method, it should never be changed for a better.



C. Those who believe that, because foreign clubs adopt a certain

method, we should do the same.



It is probably wasting time to attempt to convert any representative of

either B or C, and fortunately for the intelligence of American card

players there are comparatively few who deserve to be included in

either of these classifications.



Class A, however, comprises the vast majority of Auction players, who

have either never had the modern system of scoring called to their

attention, or, if they have seen it, have not thoroughly grasped its

numerous advantages, and have continued the old method merely because

they were more familiar with it and did not perfectly understand the

new. It is not putting the matter too strongly to assert that every

intelligent scorer, who gives the new plan a thorough test, never

returns to the trials and vexations incident to keeping the tally above

and below the line.



Sample sheets are appended, showing the up-to-date scoring-blank as it

appears at the beginning of the rubber; the same sheet with a rubber

scored, the net totals being computed at the end of each game; and also

with the same rubber scored, the net totals being computed at the end

of each deal. One scorer will prefer to make up his totals at the end

of a game, another will elect to compute them at the termination of

each deal; but either way the advantages of the score-sheet are

apparent.



It goes without saying that any system which allows a player to see at

a glance, not only the score of the game, but also the exact status of

the rubber, is more advantageous than one which, until some time after

the rubber is completed, may leave him in the dark as to whether he is

ahead or behind. Some players allow, whether they or their opponents

are in the lead upon the total score of the rubber, to affect their

declarations and doubles. This practice cannot be enthusiastically

commended, but all must admit that for such players the new scoring

system is most essential.



It is, however, mainly as a labor- and time-saving device that the new

plan is advocated. If any one doubt, let him keep the score of any

rubber under the old method while the same rubber is being scored by

some one familiar with the advantages of the new. The result is sure to

be most convincing. Under the new method, the short sums in addition or

subtraction are mentally computed, during the deal of the cards, etc.

This occupies waste time only, and at the end of the rubber, leaves a

very simple, frequently nothing more than a mental, problem.



It has been estimated that during an evening's play, at least one more

rubber can be completed when the scoring is conducted under the new

method.



The various score-sheets, all showing the same rubber, follow.





SAMPLE OF THE NEW SCORE-SHEET WITHOUT ANY ENTRY



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OUR SCORE OPPONENTS' SCORE

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TRICKS HONORS TOTALS TOTALS TRICKS HONORS

=======+========+========++========+========+========



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SAMPLE OF NEW FORM OF SCORE-SHEET SHOWING A RUBBER SCORED

WITH NET TOTALS COMPUTED AT END OF EACH GAME



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OUR SCORE OPPONENTS' SCORE

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TRICKS HONORS TOTALS TOTALS TRICKS HONORS

=======+========+========++========+========+========

16 32 18 72

-------+--------+--------++--------+--------+--------

100 30

-------+--------+--------++--------+--------+--------

60 60 268 120

=======+========+========++========+========+========

(148)

-------+--------+--------++--------+--------+--------

216 266 27 18

-------+--------+--------++--------+--------+--------

20 30 414 145 48 52

=======+========+========++========+========+========

(269) 200

-------+--------+--------++--------+--------+--------

64 249 100

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36 518 356 24 32

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21 56

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36 36

=======+========+========++========+========+========

(162)

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250

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412

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The score included in the circle is the net total at the end of

each game. It is obtained by subtracting the smaller score from the

larger; as, for example, in the first game above, 120 from 268, which

leaves a net of 148. If a scorer find it more satisfactory to subtract

when the figures are in line, he can always write the smaller amount

under the larger; as, for example, the 120 under the 268.





SAMPLE OF NEW FORM OF SCORE-SHEET SHOWING SAME RUBBER

SCORED WITH NET TOTALS COMPUTED AT END OF EACH DEAL



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OUR SCORE OPPONENTS' SCORE

-----------------------------------------------------

TRICKS HONORS TOTALS TOTALS TRICKS HONORS

=======+========+========++========+========+========

16 32 48

-------+--------+--------++--------+--------+--------

42 18 72

-------+--------+--------++--------+--------+--------

100 28 30

-------+--------+--------++--------+--------+--------

60 60 148

=======+========+========++========+========+========

-------+--------+--------++--------+--------+--------

=======+========+========++========+========+========

103 27 18

-------+--------+--------++--------+--------+--------

216 319

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20 30 369

-------+--------+--------++--------+--------+--------

269 48 52

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64 133 200

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36 69 100

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13 24 32

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21 56 90

-------+--------+--------++--------+--------+--------

36 36 162

=======+========+========++========+========+========

250

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412

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All figures under the head of totals are net, and show at the end of

each deal the exact status of the rubber. It is also possible, when the

above method is employed, to further reduce the amount of bookkeeping

by making only one entry whenever one pair scores honors and the other

a penalty. This method could have been employed above, deal 3 of game

1, by merely entering 70 under "Our Score" Honors, and also in deal 2

of game 3, by entering 64 under "Opponents' Score" Honors.





SAMPLE SHOWING SAME RUBBER SCORED UNDER OLD SYSTEM

WITH LONG ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTION AT END OF RUBBER



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WE THEY

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36

56

36 32

64 100

30 200

216 52

60 18

100 30

32 72

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16 18

60

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20 27

48

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21 24

36

250 621



1033

621



412

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THE SCORE OF THE RUBBERS IS BEST KEPT ON A SHEET OF

THE FOLLOWING CHARACTER



SCORE BY RUBBERS

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TOTAL

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THE FOLLOWING SHOWS HOW THIS SCORE SHOULD BE KEPT



SCORE BY RUBBERS



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NAMES +-+-+-+-+-+ -

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Smith 2 2 2 3 3 2

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Jones 2 2 6 5 5 6

------------------+-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++--+--

Brown 2 5 5 4 6 6

------------------+-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++--+--

White 21 1 2 XXX X

------------------+-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++--+--

Green 31 1 1 2

------------------+-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++--+--

King 31 1 3 4

------------------+-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++-+-+++--+--



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TOTAL 44888888991010

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It is always well to total at the end of each rubber and to note the

size of the rubber. These precautions make it easy to correct mistakes,

should any occur.





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