Play it Safe!

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At rubber bridge or teams scoring, declarer's objective is to make his contract -- nothing else matters. Playing it safe is of vital importance. Yet playing safe can take many forms -- it might involve simply choosing the best percentage line of play, or keeping one opponent off lead, preserving entries, or even giving up a trick you don't have to lose, all in the cause of bringing that contract home securely. Even at matchpoints, there are times when safety is more important than anything else. Recognizing all these situations, and knowing what to do when you encounter them, will improve your bridge scores by leaps and bounds. Reviews "Tired of watching a favourite partner go down in contracts thatmight have been made? Add this to your Christmas shopping list. Geared for Intermediate players, the text covers a wide range of declarer-play strategies designed to maximize the chances for making contracts. Some may think this cautious approach should be reserved for team or rubber bridge but even the matchpoint duplicate fiends who hunger for overtricks, often at the cost of their contract, would benefit from a study of this book." -- Paul Thurston, National Post
At rubber bridge or teams scoring, declarer's objective is to make his contract -- nothing else matters. Playing it safe is of vital importance. Yet playing safe can take many forms -- it might involve simply choosing the best percentage line of play, or keeping one opponent off lead, preserving entries, or even giving up a trick you don't have to lose, all in the cause of bringing that contract home securely. Even at matchpoints, there are times when safety is more important than anything else. Recognizing all these situations, and knowing what to do when you encounter them, will improve your bridge scores by leaps and bounds. Reviews "Tired of watching a favourite partner go down in contracts thatmight have been made? Add this to your Christmas shopping list. Geared for Intermediate players, the text covers a wide range of declarer-play strategies designed to maximize the chances for making contracts. Some may think this cautious approach should be reserved for team or rubber bridge but even the matchpoint duplicate fiends who hunger for overtricks, often at the cost of their contract, would benefit from a study of this book." -- Paul Thurston, National Post
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