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MR. GOREN'S CHRISTMAS QUIZ
December 19, 1966
By now you have considered the new safety features in the 1967 cars, but how about adding some safety features to your 1967 cards? Though I am a firm believer in aggressive bridge, lately I have noticed a trend toward too much boldness, so here is a safety lecture. The problems generally call for the most careful approach, but that is not always the lowest possible bid. If you score 34 or less, increase your insurance; 35 to 49 and you are safe in most games; 50 or more and your opponents should check their own coverage against losses.
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December 19, 1966

Mr. Goren's Christmas Quiz

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Doubles of low-level contracts should be avoided on hands containing no strength outside the opponent's bid suit. If West rescues and partner doubles a two-heart bid, for example, you have nothing whatever to contribute to the defense. The pass is not only safeā€”it may win everything if partner can reopen with a double.

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2 HEARTS-5 PTS.
3 HEARTS-3 PTS.
3 CLUBS-1 PT.

The free raise denotes a fairly good hand. Had East passed, a two-club bid followed by a heart raise would properly depict your strength, but you cannot now safely force partner to rebid at the three level and then leave yourself wondering whether or not to go on to game. Three hearts gets a generous award because it is a safer kind of bravery, assuming you are playing this bid as some do, to show limited strength

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6 HEARTS-5 PTS.
5 HEARTS-3 PTS.
DOUBLE-1 PT.

You can't play them safe when the odds are so heavily in favor of making a slam or of pushing the opponents into a save at the grand-slam level. Partner is marked with no more than one diamond. The lesser awards are in recognition of the holiday season.

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5 DIAMONDS-5 PTS.
4 DIAMONDS-3 PTS.
3 HEARTS-2 PTS.
3 SPADES-1 PT.
PASS-0 PTS.

Safe bidding does not mean trying to let the cheapest bid do the job. Partner has preempted and you have only one defensive trick. A lot of spades are missing. If you pass, West will certainly take some action, and East-West might even make six spades. The safest tactic is to use up the most space by blasting into five diamonds. Four diamonds is at least a step in the right direction. Three hearts, if partner has a singleton, may help you on defense. Even a psychic spade bid is better than a craven pass

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