# 6-05 Engineering a come-from-behind win

In international tournaments, table points are earned depending on your rank at your table at the end of each game. First place scores 4 points, second place scores 2, third place scores 1, and last place scores 0. As the game nears its end, you need to start building your hand with specific goals in mind (depending on how many points you must earn to finish with the desired rank). In particular, for the very last hand it is vital that you determine exactly how many points you will need to achieve the desired results. This section teaches you how to calculate the number of points and type of win needed to overtake a player.

First, count the number of points between yourself and your target (the opponent that you wish to overtake in score). This is just a simple matter of subtraction. Next, subtract 32 from this number (32 is the gain in points that you are guaranteed if you finish: 8 points from each player, 8 of those points being from your target, so that a 32-point gain is made). The resulting number tells you how many points your hand must be to beat the target when you go out on one of the other opponent’s discard (Equation 1).