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Points, games, slams and vulnerability

This quiz is designed to give you feedback on your understanding of vulnerability, part-game, game and slam scoring. As you become better in competitive situations these factors become increasingly important to giving your partnership winning scores.

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Vulnerability versus non vulnerability; game, part-game, slam or grand slam; whether you or the opposition can bid and make these contracts; the likelihood of pushing the opponents to overbid; the wisdom of sacrifice bidding. All these should be controlled by careful evaluation  of these factors for every hand. Eight questions with answers provided.

1. There is a points advantage for your partnership to be in game if you don’t make your contract.
 True  False
2. Being in slam rather than game gives you no advantage if you make 12 tricks…
 False True
3. There is only 1 trick difference between game in a minor suit compared to a small slam   False True
4. If only the opposition are vulnerable and you go light in your contract…  It doesn’t affect the score  It doubles the points you give the opposition
5. It’s usually better to make a sacrifice bid when…   Your partnership is vulnerable and the opposition are not-vulnerable and are in game  Your partnership is not-vulnerable and the opposition are vulnerable and are in game  Your partnership is vulnerable and you will only go 2 tricks light, the opposition are in part-game  Everyone is vulnerable
6. Your partnership is in part-game, vulnerable and go light… 
  It doesn’t matter because your vulnerability doesn’t make any difference to their score  It doubles the points that the opposition score off you
7. The points required to bid a small slam in either a suit or NoTrumps 
  Are the same =33 points  Are different with suit slams requiring less because of their ruffing potential
8. To bid a Grand Slam in a suit you should have…
 At least 3 of the 4 Aces Controls in all the suits  An eight card trump suit fit or longer  All of the above

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