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Red vs. white / green / vulnerable vs. non-vulnerable: In
rubber bridge, your side is vulnerable when you have won one game in a
rubber; in duplicate, the vulnerability is assigned on each hand, and marked
in red on the board (thus "red on white" means that you are vulnerable and
the opponents are not). If you are vulnerable, you gain increased bonuses
for game, but suffer increased penalties for undertricks. "Green" is slang
in some places for "white on red."
Over a 5C/5D response, 5 of a non-agreed suit usually asks
for the Q of trump. A rebid of the lowest possible level of trump denies it;
a bid of 5NT promises the Q, but no (non- trump) kings; 6 of any non-trump
suit shows trump Q and K of suit bid; 6NT promises the Q, and the next K up
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