Safety Play - A line of play that minimizes the risk to make a
contract, as opposed to attempting to make the maximum attainable score.
Safety Plays more frequent in Rubber Bridge and Duplicate IMPS scoring,
while Duplicate matchpoint scoring encourages players to take greater risks.
West leads a
Diamond and declarer
South evaluates a good contract - 4 Hearts, 3 Clubs at least
1 Diamond and 2+ Spades. But what happens if
declarer gets greedy, ducking the first trick hoping the
DQ will win a trick?
East wins the DK,
returning a Diamond which
West ruffs with a low Spade.
Declarer must still lose 2 more Spade tricks, the
SJ going down 1.
East holding both Spade tenaces seems unlikely - normally a 26 percent
chance, yet the somber result speaks for itself.
again. Playing Rubber Bridge or IMP Team scoring, South should instead
make a Safety Play. Win the
DA, cash the
SA, cross to declarer's
CK, then play a low
Spade to Dummy.
While declarer might lose 1 Diamond and 2 Spades, the contract
is safe when the suits and trump tenaces break poorly.
another tip - when you are declarer with 6 or more cards in a side suit and
an opponent leads the suit, be wary of trying a finesse in your declarer
hand. One of the opponents may hold a singleton and if the
finesse fails, it could result in a two or more trick loss (rather than just
one if you won with the Ace in dummy).
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