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April 15, 2000
Making a Defensive Plan and Slam Bidding - Ace Asking
Making a Defensive Plan
As East, your hand:
The opening lead is the K.
What is your defensive plan? You know everything you need to know in order to defeat
Overtake partners lead with the A and lead a spade! Declarer is headed for a sure defeat is he started life with at least two clubs. Win the A and put partner back on lead with the Q.
Your action and the dummys spade holding should make things absolutely clear to partner. She should quickly lead a second spade for you to trump.
The complete hand:
If you do not make a plan, then opportunities will slip from your grasp. Think about
what you know and how it might help your efforts.
Slam Bidding - Ace Asking
This brief is an excerpt from an article that first appeared in Issue #8 (Sep/Oct 1995) of The Bridge Companion.
The ace asking conventions are valuable tools to use in determining if the partnership has enough controls to bid a slam. Ace asking bids are designed to do one of two things:
I recommend that you read the above two points again, as they are very important. Too many players misunderstand the use of ace asking conventions. The basic facts about ace asking:
Responses to 4NT, Blackwood:
After the 4NT question, a bid of 5NT is a try to get to a grand slam. It guarantees
possession of all four aces.
Responses to 4, Gerber:
When is 4NT Blackwood and when is 4 Gerber?
4 is Gerber in no trump auctions. Responder can bid 4 Gerber to ask for aces in any auction where the opening bid was 1NT or 2NT or in any auction where openers rebid was in no trump. Opener can bid 4 Gerber to ask for aces in any auction where responder made a limited no trump response of 1NT, 2NT, or 3NT. 4 is used for Gerber ace asking in no trump auctions because 4NT is needed for another purpose. It is needed as a Quantitative bid (partner bid slam if you are on the maximum and pass if you are on the minimum).
4NT is used as Blackwood on suit auctions. All auctions except those detailed above for 4 Gerber use 4NT Blackwood as ace asking.
What is the last bid?
1. The opening bid was in a suit and neither partner bid no trump naturally. 4NT is Blackwood.
2. Partner opened with 1NT. Whenever partner has limited the hand by a no trump bid, 4NT is Quantitative. 4 would be Gerber.
3. Partner has not made a limited no trump bid. 4NT is Blackwood.
4. Openers rebid was 1NT. 4 is therefore Gerber. 4NT would have been Quantitative.
5. Openers rebid was 1NT (13-15 balanced). 4 is used for Gerber. 4NT is Quantitative.
6. You have limited your hand by the 2NT bid (13-15 balanced). If partner knows we are in slam zone he may check for aces by using 4 Gerber. 4NT is Quantitative, used to ask size (minimum or maximum?).
7. You have limited your hand by the 3NT bid (16-18 balanced). If partner knows we are in slam zone she may check for aces by using 4 Gerber. 4NT is Quantitative, used to ask size (minimum or maximum?).
8. You have limited your hand by the 3NT bid (16-18 balanced). If partner knows we are in slam zone she may check for aces by using 4 Gerber. 4NT is Quantitative, used to ask size (minimum or maximum?).
9. Openers rebid was 2NT (13-15 balanced). 4 is used for Gerber. 4NT is Quantitative.
10. 4NT is Quantitative. 4 would have been Gerber. You are allowed to stop and use Stayman first before bidding either 4 Gerber or 4NT Quantitative.