BRIDGE - TEAMS PLAY STRATEGY By Satish Panchamia - Navnat

BRIDGE - TEAMS PLAY STRATEGY By Satish Panchamia - Navnat

BRIDGE - TEAMS PLAY STRATEGY By Satish Panchamia October 2009 STRATEGIC THINKING Teams Play Pairs (Duplicate) Play 1 Scoring by Imps/Victory Points. Each board carries equal weighting. Either it is WON, LOST or TIED. You are competing with one other Team only. Scoring by Match Points (MPs). You have multiple opponents and other factors which affect top score on a board. 2 Concerned with Large Plus Score or sometimes calculated Swings (e.g. Any extra 10 mps gained are discarded for the purposes of calculating IMPs). Concerned with Small Gains (i.e. Extra 10 mps which may give you TOP score ). 3 Focus is on the Amount of Gain. Focus is on the Frequency of Gains 4

Focus is on Plus Score. Do not take too high risks. Focus is to take modest risks to score overtricks or prevent opponents making them 5 Bid and make thin games (particularly vulnerable games) and slams (75% or more chance) are important as total score on a board is vital (Note: it is defended by your team members at the other table). Bid and make game and slams on reasonable hand. Part score making game tricks usually gives you near average MP points at Pairs which is usually acceptable. October 2009 Bridge Team Play Strategy By Satish Panchamia STRATEGIC THINKING Teams Play Pairs (Duplicate) Play 6 Bid your vulnerable games aggressively. If You do not have to bid aggressively you dont, then the opponents on the other table will be doing just that and your Team may not get as many as MP as possible and will lose IMPs as a result. 7

If you are non-vulnerable, there is no need to stretch too far to make a close game Same 8 Bid your part score aggressively especially with good trumps. Do not ignore the value of PART score. Same 9 Find a way to beat opponents close contract but be careful that your aggressive defence play does not let them score on unmakeable contract. Same October 2009 Bridge Team Play Strategy By Satish Panchamia STRATEGIC THINKING Teams Play Pairs (Duplicate) Play 10 Double opponents part game contract only with good trumps tricks plus other sure tricks in defence that as you can visualise from your partners bidding. Doubling of part game contract bid

by opponents is not a major consideration. (e.g. in vulnerable position, minus 200 mps will give you the TOP instead of -500 mps) 11 Do not double strictly on high-card points Same 12 Pre-empt a little more aggressively especially when you are not vulnerable. Same 13 If you have a fit in Minors (4-4) as well as in Majors (4-3) then play in Minor suit (the difference in IMP score is marginal) Normally one aims to prefer a major rather than a minor suit contract at Pairs 14 If opponents sacrifice against your game contract, DOUBLE them and take your PLUS score rather than bidding higher and then go down Often it may be profitable to bid higher! 15

Do not make light vulnerable overcalls particularly at 2-level Light vulnerable overcalls can sometimes turn out to be profitable . October 2009 Bridge Team Play Strategy By Satish Panchamia STRATEGIC THINKING Teams Play Pairs (Duplicate) Play 16 When you are Declarer, do not risk your contract trying to make an overtrick. Overtricks are profitable at Pairs 17 If you want to take a non-vulnerable sacrifice over your opponents vulnerable game, you should be reasonably sure that you wont go down more than TWO tricks doubled (620300=320 mp = 8 imps-good strategy). If you want to take a vulnerable sacrifice over your opponents non vulnerable game, you should be reasonably sure that you wont go down more than ONE trick doubled (420-200=220=6 imps). Good strategy. Here focus is of not going down in more than THREE tricks(620500=120 mps) 18 Think and visualise what might be

happening at the other table. Here the competition is with the all the opponents on your direction 19 Just play your normal game. Do not overly look for big swings. One tends to take modest risks at Pairs. October 2009 Here focus is of not going down in more than ONE trick (420 vs200) Bridge Team Play Strategy By Satish Panchamia VIEW EVERYTHING ABOVE AS A GUIDELINE. GUIDELINES CAN NEVER REPLACE THINKING. AVOID BIG DISASTER HAVE YOUR CONVENTION CARD READY ANNOUNCE YOUR SYSTEM TO OPPONENTS LISTEN TO OPPONENTS SYSTEMS EXPLAIN YOUR SYSTEM, ALERTS AND BIDS WELL WHEN ASKED ONLY ASK THE MEANING OF CONVENTION ONLY IF YOU ARE GOING TO BID DONT BE SHY TO ASK QUESTIONS DO NOT HESITATE YOUR PLAY OR PROVIDE MISINFORMATION GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR PRACTICE ROUNDS THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION. October 2009 Bridge Team Play Strategy By Satish Panchamia

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