​Swiss Team Tactics and Strategy




These thoughts are from a pamphlet by C​​arol and Tom Sanders


1. Be a good partner and teammate.  Morale is important.
2. Give every deal your undivided attention. Most matches are lost by careless mistakes usually caused by a lack of concentration.
3. Play to make your contract as declarer...never risk a game for an overtrick or two.  Bid close vulnerable games.
4. With a preemptive type hand, jump up and bid it when opponents are vulnerable and you are not.​
5. Penalty doubles should be avoided. Lead directing doubles are okay.
6. Par bridge, i.e., taking everything which is yours without attempting to steal what belongs to your opponents, will win most Swiss matches.
In duplicate  you want to steal.