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Bridge d'Albret is a small friendly Anglo French bridge club located in Mézin, Lot-et-Garonne, (Department 47) bordering on the Gers within easy reach of the historic towns of Nérac and Condom in rural south west France.
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I give what I think should be fairly typical bidding by most partnerships. The 4 Clubs bid is Gerber asking for Aces. The 4 Spades reply shows two. It is recommended to only use Gerber immediately after a NT bid and to use Blackwood following a suit bid. The standard responses show 0 or 4 then 1, 2, 3 as you bid up the line although there are other conventional responses by partnership agreement.
East led their 4thhighest Diamond. How should North play the hand? The Diamond lead ensures 3 tricks in that suit by running it around to the K J 8. Then 4 Clubs, 2 Hearts and 2 Spades brings the total to 11. If Spades break 3-3 then by losing a trick early on in that suit will establish the suit for our 12thtrick and it is the only suit in which we can really hope to get our 12thtrick.
But when there are an EVEN number of cards outstanding it is more likely that they do NOT split evenly. We will give ourselves an extra chance if we play the Spade suit by leading a LOW spade from dummy to our J 8 and hope that West has the Queen. With the layout above we can see that this line does give us that extra chance when the suit does not split evenly. West can take their Spade trick immediately but then declarer has the rest of the tricks as the Jack of Spades will win the next round of Spades and then the Ace, King and 6 on table are all winners too.
Had the Queen been with East then we would have to hope for the suit splitting 3-3. Finally, had North held the Jack and the ten of Spades then it would be correct to lead the Jack (or 10) towards dummy and finesse hoping to catch the Queen in East’s hand and possibly then winning all 13 tricks.
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Not sure who made it but the following quote is encouraging!
"One of the reasons bridge continues to fascinate players all over the world is that, in order to become even sort of good at it, you have to be willing to be bad at it for a long time".
Gerber, Blackwood & Roman Key Card Conventions.
It's advisable to confirm with your partner which convention(s) they prefer to play!
Gerber,a bid of 4 Clubs, is usually used following a NT bid to find aces and is an invitation to Slam. The standard responses are: 4 Diamonds = 0 or 4 ; 4 Hearts = 1 ; 4 Spades = 2 ; 4 NT = 3.
(Following a NT bid, Blackwood is quantitative, asking for points and is an invitation to Slam).
Blackwood,a bid of 4NT, following agreeing a Trump suit with your partner, is an invitation to slam asking for aces. The standard responses are; 5 Clubs = 0 or 4 ; 5 Diamonds = 1 ; 5 Hearts = 2 ; 5 Spades = 3. (5 NT is asking for Kings).
If used after a NT bid Blackwood is quantitive.
Roman Key Card Blackwood, a bid of 4 NT, following agreeing a Trump suit with your partner, is a variation on Blackwood which includes King of Trumps as a fifth "Ace" & can show if holding the Queen of Trumps. The standard responses are; 5 Clubs = 0 or 3 : 5 Diamonds = 1 or 4 ; 5 Hearts = 2 ; 5 Spades = 2 plus Queen of Trumps. (5 NT is asking for Kings, but take care not to count your King of Trumps as it will have been included in your initial response).