| ||The Bid Doctor|
|Slam It|| |
|Q||How many points do you need for slam?   Jim T.  AZ|
|A||7NT takes 37 points. No Ace for them! A small slam takes about 33 points. In a suit contract a small slam can make on even less if you have running tricks or can set up a crossruff.|
|Passing Too Early|| |
|Q||When partner opens and I have a good hand, how do I keep partner from Passing before we find a trump fit and reach game?|
|A||You have to make "Forcing Bids" to keep the bidding alive. Generally a change of suit is forcing partner to bid again. There are also game force bids such as 1H - 2NT. Neither player can Pass until game is reached. Our "Suit Bids" Flashcards include Forcing Bids.|
|Are you asking me a Question?|| |
|Q||What is the Gerber Convention?|
|A||Gerber is an Ace asking bid similar to Blackwood. Since 4C is almost 1 complete level lower than 4NT, you end up at a lower level when partner responds. This can help you avoid getting too high when you are short an Ace. Typically used only after a NT bid to avoid confusion on whether you are bidding Clubs or asking for Aces.|
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