Answers to questions from beginners

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To begin with, you need to understand that there is no single game called “preference”. Instead, there are a number of similar games by general rules. This series of games are also called “basic conventions”. The most common are now such basic conventions – “Peter”, “Sochi”, “Rostov”. Very popular were also “Peter Racing”. And there are also less popular nowadays Classic, Leningrad, Finka, Kamchatka, Kazakhstan (Alma-Atinka), Rostov-Akadem. As well as based on the preferential rules “Husarik” and “Banditman” (complete and incomplete).

These basic conventions differ mainly in the rules of recording results. Moreover, the values of penalties and rewards can change so much from one convention to another that they completely change the manner of play. Aspects that are insignificant in one convention may become determinative in another convention. One and the same bid in one and the same situation may be both justified and unjustifiably risky depending on the convention. That is, even if you play well in Sochi, you can play badly in Peter or Rostov.

But even within the framework of the main conventions, there are many “treaty conventions” – minor changes in the rules that do not lead to something new but can also affect the way the game, albeit to a lesser extent. For example, whether to play Sochinka with or without Stalingrad; who has the right to say “here” in trade, etc.

  • Even the most common and well-established convention “Peter” has its own treaty conventions, which may differ in the tournament and in the regular game:
  • The progression of passes is 2-4-6 or 2-4-8 (convention “Tough Peter”);
    Is it allowed to “shoot” – leaving a player “without three whists” after taking a buyout;
  • In older games, the second whistling player is responsible, or both in half size.