Bid more aggressively when non-vulnerable

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Non-vulnerable undertricks just cost 50 points each

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Non-vulnerable undertricks just cost 50 points each, so if you avoid being doubled, two down will often get you a great score: -100 leaves you better off than most of the part-scores that your opponents could make, -110 for two hearts or two spades for example.
It is very important to get into the habit of competing for the part-score aggressively, especially when the auction dies at the two level. Here you are South with nobody vulnerable:

  7 6 2
  Q 10 9 6 5
  8 6
  A 8 5

The auction starts:

West
 
1
2
North
 
Pass
Pass
East
1
2
Pass
South
Pass
Pass
?

With just 6 points, surely you cannot consider a call, you might think. But where are all the points?

If the opponents cannot make game, partner must have at least 11 or 12 points; he hasn’t made a bid because…Click here to continue reading

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