||THE WBF TEACHERS' PROGRAM -||Lesson 23 - Student Material|
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Let's look at the following table:
You are in the situation "not vulnerable"
against "vulnerable"; your opponents bid a contract of 4…
So, in such a case, when you have the double certainty that the opponent is going to make his contract and that you will only fail by a small margin, you make a bid called a defence or sacrifice bid. The objective of Bridge is in fact to make the best score or, which amounts to the same thing, to let the opponents score as little as possible.
But, to achieve this, you must be certain that you are undertaking a good operation; you will therefore avoid doing it if you are vulnerable against not vulnerable because two down doubled will cost 500 points whereas the opponents' game call will only make 420 or 400; it's the same thing if you risk going three down not vulnerable (500) against a vulnerable game call … Sometimes it would be just as stupid if the wonderful game bid by the opponent were unwinnable …!