What You Need To Know About Sacrificing-Audio Lesson

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Taking a sacrifice has several ways to gain:
1. Similar to the upside of balancing, you'd love it if your bid pushed the opponents to a higher level. Defending that contract is definitely an example of heads you win (if they go down), while tails you tie (if they make it).
2. There is the slim chance that the opponents will not double you.
3. You do rate to get doubled, but as long as the penalty is less than the score the opponents would have received for making their contract, you are better off.
On the other hand, the sacrifice may work out badly:
1. The opponents would not have made their contract. When this happens, we refer to your action as a "phantom sacrifice". No matter how many you go down, this is a bad result.
2. You go down more tricks than you intended, so you lose more points than they would have made in their contract.
In this lesson, Marty will discuss:
When you are considering a sacrifice:

  • The 7 golden principles that you MUST know.
  • Which enemy auctions are GREAT ones to interfere with.
  • Why an advance sacrifice is the best way to sacrifice.
  • How to avoid taking phantom sacrifices.
  • When it is correct to sacrifice against a slam.
  • When you should sacrifice against a 3NT contract.
  • The right time to make a sacrifice suggestion.
  • When you should and should not be willing to go to the 5 level.

When the opponents sacrifice:

  • How to use a forcing pass to help decide if your side should double or bid.
  • If you end up on defense, what is the expert philosophy for opening leads?

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