Here is a collection of what I think are good articles on simple pip-counting.

Half-Crossover Pipcount by Doublas Zare

The Northern Michigan Pip-Counting Method (NMPC)

High Fives

I personally am working on the NMPC method, but the High fives technique interests me as I too like to count full boards instead of half-boards.

## Saturday, March 12, 2011

## Wednesday, March 9, 2011

### Simple Doubling guideline

The simplest formula to remember is "10% +2" ie ten percent of the

leader's pipcount plus two pips. For example, if I'm leading 70 pips to

79 pips, I'm at 10% +2. Round up if 10% +2 is not a whole number.

10% +2 is the trailers point of last take. If you're more behind than

10% +2, then drop, if you're less behind than 10% +2, it's a take.

The leader should double when he's within three pips of 10% +2, and

should redouble when he's within two pips of 10% +2.

For example, if I'm at 70 pips, the 10% +2 is 79. If you have 79 pips

it's barely a take. More than that it's a drop. Less than that it's a

take. I should double if you have 76 pips or more and redouble if you

have 77 or more.

It's applicable at pipconts of 62 or more.

Below 62 pips, the Trice number is calculated by (pipcount-5)/7 rounding up as needed. Use the same criteria to arrive at the double take decision.

You can refine it further by using effective pipcount instead of the

simple pipcount.

leader's pipcount plus two pips. For example, if I'm leading 70 pips to

79 pips, I'm at 10% +2. Round up if 10% +2 is not a whole number.

10% +2 is the trailers point of last take. If you're more behind than

10% +2, then drop, if you're less behind than 10% +2, it's a take.

The leader should double when he's within three pips of 10% +2, and

should redouble when he's within two pips of 10% +2.

For example, if I'm at 70 pips, the 10% +2 is 79. If you have 79 pips

it's barely a take. More than that it's a drop. Less than that it's a

take. I should double if you have 76 pips or more and redouble if you

have 77 or more.

**10% +2 is known as the Trice number.**It's applicable at pipconts of 62 or more.

Below 62 pips, the Trice number is calculated by (pipcount-5)/7 rounding up as needed. Use the same criteria to arrive at the double take decision.

You can refine it further by using effective pipcount instead of the

simple pipcount.

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