Welcome to the second edition of Vubridge Expert Kit. This edition has twelve deals (in two sets of half-a-dozen) on the topic of Safety Plays & Precaution Plays
This is all about tackling suits in the correct technical manner. Precaution plays cost you nothing – they are used just in case something nasty lurks in the woodshed. Safety plays, on the other hand, are plays where you are perfectly prepared to forego a possible trick in a suit for a greater chance of making a fewer number of tricks. Confused? You won’t be as we explain it all clearly.
The remaining eight hands are all on counting the hand. This vital skill needs practice, practice, practice. We aim to give you plenty of hands to practice your skills over the coming months. Enjoy.
This series, part 1 of 2, looks at how to handle suit combinations within the context of a full deal.
We are looking at precaution plays and at safety plays; terms which players frequently confuse.
A precaution play is one made in a suit to ensure that you make as many tricks as you can, taking care to contain bad breaks. It is a play that you would make at any form of scoring.
A safety play, by contrast, is one whereby you are prepared to forego a potential winner in order to ensure that you make a certain number of tricks in a given suit. Safety plays are sometimes eschewed in match-point pairs events, where overtricks can be important.
Series #5430 - Safety and Precaution Plays - Part I: