Welcome to the third edition of Vubridge Expert Kit. All editions have twelve topical deals (in two sets of six) – and here we continue the theme of Safety plays & Precaution Plays from edition 2.
Remember, precaution plays cost you nothing – they are used just in case something nasty may happen with regard to bad breaks. Safety plays, on the other hand, are plays where you set yourself a target number of tricks and aim to give yourself the best chance of making that number, even though some layouts may allow a greater haul. As ever, we sit at your shoulder, giving hints, tips and careful advice.
As is usual, the remaining eight hands are all on counting the hand, trying to locate key cards. The more you count the hand the easier this becomes and the luckier your opponents will think you are…
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 #5472 - Safety and Precaution Plays - Part III: