What Are Your Slam Bidding Tools?

What a hand! Beautiful strength. Beautiful shape. It will take you just a glance to wonder if you should take this one to slam.

It’s not normally a good idea to bid a slam missing two aces. But it’s not such a great idea bidding a slam when you have enough aces but not enough other good cards.

When you’re thinking of bidding a slam it’s important to consider what information you need from partner. It can be tempting to launch into ace asking immediately but it’s often not going to help.

A raise of partner’s suit to the 5 level can be a surprisingly simple and effective way of inviting to slam. It’s the same principle as inviting to game only you’re up a bit higher!

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  1. It’s not normally a good idea to bid a slam missing two aces. But it’s not such a great idea bidding a slam when you have enough aces but not enough other good cards.

    When you’re thinking of bidding a slam it’s important to consider what information you need from partner. It can be tempting to launch into ace asking immediately but it’s often not going to help.

    A raise of partner’s suit to the 5 level can be a surprisingly simple and effective way of inviting to slam. It’s the same principle as inviting to game only you’re up a bit higher!


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    • Profile photo of bala1954 bala1954 says:

      A question re: 2 Club opener: South holds 19 HCP, and a 2 Club opener “requires” 20+ with an unbalanced hand. So, it appears that you are using distribution in your initial hand assessment. There is a school of thought from my reading that says you don’t count distribution points until later in the auction. So, are you explicitly taking distribution points into account in your initial assessment, or are you applying some judgment to what is obviously a beautiful hand?

    • Profile photo of sbc30061059 sbc30061059 says:

      I don’t see a 2C opener here with not enough HCP. I opened 1S. Can you tell me why you chose 2C?

  2. And please check out our related lessons on how to explore slam:

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  3. Profile photo of tina tina says:

    I decided not to open 2 because I thought the chances of 1 being passed out were slim.
    I couldn’t see the point in going slowly once we had found a spade fit. No point in asking for aces as I am not interested in the diamond ace.

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  4. Profile photo of baygon2014 baygon2014 says:

    As I open with a strong 2 partner supporting spades suggested that I would need to be able to make 6 largely on my own. As I am holding controls in Diamonds, Hearts and Spades I felt that given partner’s support I 6 spades was doable. By not asking for aces I missed out on the possibility of a grand slam but partner would have had to had 2 aces for me to bid a grand slam.
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  5. Pretty much the same reasoning and bidding as Tina, so I’m in good company!
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  6. Profile photo of kak022451 kak022451 says:

    Curious how someone took 13 tricks without the ace of clubs. Please explain.
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  7. Bid 6 spades & made.
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  8. Profile photo of dimorris dimorris says:

    Ditto how can NS win A clubs when we have
    a 3/4 split in clubs. I can see 12 tricks but not 13. Would love to hear how it’s done please
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  9. Profile photo of radiog radiog says:

    Went to 6S….made 12 tricks
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  10. Profile photo of mike360 mike360 says:

    I too managed 12 tricks but how on earth did 4 people get 13 tricks? Surely there weren’t 3 rounds of clubs without E playing the ace?
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  11. Profile photo of dlash dlash says:

    Hi @graeme. Can you explain why the 2 C opening here? Are you counting in the void to make the points needed or is because there are only 3 losers? I actually opened 1S and didn’t find the slam. Thanks
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    • Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

      Hi @dlash,
      The void has potential, for sure, but it’s not till later in the auction whether you know how useful it will be. I could have gone either way on the hand. I figured if I opened 1S half the players would ask why I didn’t open 2C. I even tend to be conservative with my 2C openings so it was a little out of character for me. Honestly I don’t have a strong opinion about it.

  12. Profile photo of ted11 ted11 says:

    Making 6S is easy, but cannot see 13 tricks!
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  13. Profile photo of normie616 normie616 says:

    oh well too modest in my bidding again! will go again for 5 or 6 S cheers normie sa
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  14. Profile photo of normie616 normie616 says:

    marvellous! got it right 2nd time around 12S without watching video ! had a good day at bridge today must have helped! cheers normie sa
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  15. Profile photo of gypssy gypssy says:

    I went to 5 spades but partner didn’t go to 6. Why?
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  16. Profile photo of gypssy gypssy says:

    I went to 5 spades but partner didn’t go to 6. Why?
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  17. Profile photo of margette margette says:

    Followed the hint to open 1S and on partners response showing 4 x S and with D void was emboldened to go straight to six which made – happy with that!
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  18. Profile photo of terrypause terrypause says:

    chickened out again..looking at it again, it was obvious with a void suite, must get a backbone or something similar
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  19. Profile photo of cora cora says:

    Bid a slam and made 12
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  20. Profile photo of fishy fishy says:

    Hi @graeme the computer went to 3nt for me . Im set up as acol
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  21. Profile photo of jbrown jbrown says:

    I liked Tinas bidding, very simple.
    Enjoyed the video as always.
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  22. Profile photo of sbc14897513 sbc14897513 says:

    Only bid 4 spades and made 12 but, like others, would really like to know how anyone made 13 tricks with the Ce of clubs out against them. Please can you give a lesson on that?
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  23. Profile photo of pamsie pamsie says:

    Bid 5S and made 12 tricks. Played many times since and cannot get 13. Pity @Graeme didn’t play out the game on the video and show us learners how it is done.
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  24. Profile photo of ennasarp ennasarp says:

    With so many points and partner’s support for spades, probed little slam by asking for aces. Since partner had none, settled for 5 spades and kept 6. Whatever play, it’ll keep 6 due to partner’s jack of clubs and Jack of hearts.
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  25. Profile photo of nancyjane nancyjane says:

    Made 6 in 4S on 2nd attempt…..fun hand.
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  26. Profile photo of kbalagopal kbalagopal says:

    rookie mistake. Didn’t reevaluate the hand taking void into account. Sad!
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  27. Profile photo of manxieruth manxieruth says:

    Well I’m intrigued too as to how some people made 13. Can anyone enlighten us please?
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  28. Profile photo of blondie58 blondie58 says:

    I started to cue bid my heart suit looking for the AC from partner but partner went straight to 4 so I took that as a sign off… I should have gone with it… oh well… 🙂
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  29. Profile photo of drroflstomp drroflstomp says:

    @lynng I had to chuckle when I saw that you and both ended up in slam limbo on this hand. I usually think that people are awfully tough on North but for this hand come on??? North knows that we have slam pts and a super fit with 2 high honors. I’m not taking responsibility for missing this slam knowing we are missing 2 aces and not knowing what partner is looking at.
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    • Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

      I don’t think so, @drroflstomp. By asking for aces you’re telling North you care about how many aces he has. He says he has none and you say, well, in that case we better not bid slam.

      Suppose North imagines you have 23 points, or even 25. North has 7. That’s 32. North presumes that despite all those points you’re missing two aces. Otherwise you wouldn’t have asked and then signed off.

      The thing is on this hand that you don’t care how many aces North has. The fact that you’re missing two aces shouldn’t bother you. You have a void in diamonds that you know about but North doesn’t. That’s why I suggested a 5S bid in the video to get the information you really want.

      Hope that makes some sense and happy to hear any further thoughts.

      • Profile photo of drroflstomp drroflstomp says:

        @Graeme, There were two ways that this slam bid was going to happen for me: (1) either I was going to get a decent chance of partner holding the club A or partner held better than minimum spades (of which KQxx certainly counts!) I really am struggling to understand why you are saying we don’t care about A’s when you have no idea that partner holds the KQxx of spades. If north did not have that K or Q of spades I think you would be singing a different tune about missing that AC 🙂

        I do understand your point about asking and signing off — once I started blackwood we weren’t making it to slam, but perhaps the best bid for me was not to be in slam. Just because it was there, doesn’t necessarily mean it should have been bid. Substitute North having the KD instead of the KS (same points same distribution even) this is a different conversation.

        Thanks for the comments though, always appreciate your thoughts and the website in general!

        • Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

          Yes, @drroflstomp, those spades are pretty good. These hands are all randomly dealt but I did chuckle to myself as we were doing the video. Partner had exactly the cards you needed him to have, right down to the JC and even the JH. Looks like I rigged it to make a point, but truly I didn’t.

          The problem with asking for Aces is that if North shows one Ace you don’t know if it’s the useful AC or the useless AD. And if partner shows no aces you still don’t know if he’s got the useful JC or the useful spades. So I really don’t think asking for Aces does any good.

          But I do take your point that North has good cards that he hasn’t told you about.

          In a funny sort of way it would be more meaningful to consider how North should bid if we didn’t know what the South cards were. It’s all too easy to make a case looking at all four hands and I know that’s what I’m doing now and I shouldn’t!

          Oh, well, let’s remember to look out for similar situations to compare and see what we can all learn.

          Thanks, as always, for your input @drroflstomp.

  30. Profile photo of ballca ballca says:

    19 pts, and you bid 2 clubs…….we have learned that it has to be 23, 24 pts? 19 pts would be 2 nt? Thank you or this info.
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  31. Profile photo of ballca ballca says:

    Bid 4 and made 6.%uD83D%uDE22
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  32. Profile photo of valjef valjef says:

    Only bid 4spades in my first contract. Played a second time and it was clearly quite easy to make 6 spades. But like several of your other members I am also very interested how so many members avoided the AC and making 7???
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  33. Profile photo of jb4400 jb4400 says:

    A cold 6
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  34. Profile photo of bluezee bluezee says:

    Not sure why East did not play ace of clubs but it allowed me to make 13 tricks.
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  35. Profile photo of suzie suzie says:

    Bid 4S and made 12; seems like what people are saying is that East has to fail to play ace of clubs to make 13?
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  36. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Gotta bid it. Missed opportunity!
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  37. Profile photo of nevillet nevillet says:

    we made six (6)… I’ll try later after I listen to the recording…
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  38. Profile photo of nevillet nevillet says:

    On this try I had already watched the video… And I made the six (6)….
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  39. Profile photo of sbc11064381 sbc11064381 says:

    Still can’t how not to lost the AC. please explain.
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  40. Profile photo of daisyp daisyp says:

    I opened 2spades strong but north didn’t respond why not? making 12 tricks, this has happened to me a few times I don’t think the website is set to bidding preferences as it used to be. Has anyone else had this problem?
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  41. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    I opened 2 C, because I counted the void in D.Maybe that is not correct but with my strong h and I did not want N to pass me. We did find our Spade fit and went to 6 S , as others did! That ace of Clubs had to be a given for E W. I can’t figure how they got all 13 tricks. I was very happy in the outcome of my bid.!
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  42. Profile photo of linda2009 linda2009 says:

    hell fire – I can always make it while having a toddy or two!
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  43. Profile photo of stevewehrle stevewehrle says:

    I opened with an 8 trick 2S (ok, a little bit of a lie) and when N took me to game but did not explore higher, I left him at the game bid. I felt the I had described my hand, and that was all I could do. If N had bid 3S or 5S we would have got to the 6.
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  44. Profile photo of katec001 katec001 says:

    @fishy & @graeme my partner responded with 3NT too. I thought it was to show we had enough points between us for game and I could choose the suit with his balanced hand. As I certainly didn’t want to play in D I responded 4S and when he showed me our fit by bidding 5S and with my void in D I bid 6S and made.
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  45. Profile photo of pfredrix pfredrix says:

    A borderline 2C opening just a hair shy in terms of suit solidity and HCP. My rule of thumb is is to count my quick tricks and losers; if the former outnumber the latter, I’ll go for the 2C. Here the balance is about 4 of each, so I went for the more conservative opening. I have several slam methods over competition, but I don’t know which, if any, the computers play, and when it comes to direct ace asking I prefer Roman Key Card Blackwood, which I know the computers don’t play. So I bit down hard and when North showed an Ace – which one didn’t matter – I took the shot.
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  46. Profile photo of barnaby barnaby says:

    If North had the AC, I suggest they could have bid 6C, after South’s 5S?

  47. Profile photo of fred fred says:

    Opened strong (debateable but can always stop in game) .When partner supported spades called for aces, in charge of diamonds so looked like only ace of clubs to lose. made 6
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  48. Profile photo of verona verona says:

    Once spade strength was established I didn’t think it necessary to ask for Aces. In some instances I believe it is a waste of bidding space to ask for Aces. I took a risk and bid 3NT after partners 2 spades and happily he rebid with 4 spades. @Verona

  49. Profile photo of peegee peegee says:

    Bid 6S after asking for Aces and made it comfortably!
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  50. Profile photo of peegee peegee says:

    Bid 6S after asking for Aces and made it comfortably!
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  51. Profile photo of peegee peegee says:

    Bid 6S after asking for Aces and made it comfortably!
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  52. Profile photo of michael102 michael102 says:

    Bid 6S and made. I opened 2C as I did not want to be left in less than game. After that straightforward.
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  53. Profile photo of shobhajolly shobhajolly says:

    Bid Spades. Started with 1S and when partner responded with 2S, I showd him my Heart. He responded with 4S and looking at my hand I saw only 1 looser and bid S straight away and made 12 tricks. Didn’t bother to ask for Aces. Didn’t watch the video. Looking at Tina’s bidding, I think I should have done the same. But being a learner, I do hesitate.

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  54. Having a solid H suit, I opened 1H to allow the option to reverse. However, when I did, partner (computer) passed 3S – why on earth? With that support, why did partner support hearts in the first place? What???
    Graeme, can you answer that one please?
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  55. Profile photo of carro88 carro88 says:

    The 13th trick came from throwing a losing club on the last winning heart, thereby getting a ruff. Unfortunately didn’t bid it!!
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  56. Profile photo of katerina katerina says:

    Bid 6 spades and made
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  57. Profile photo of jwwwh jwwwh says:

    Bid 6 spades and made 7
    For some reason east did not play the Club Ace for two tricks?????
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  58. Profile photo of rhudon rhudon says:

    Bid 4S made 6S
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  59. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Ditto! Tina!
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  60. Profile photo of unixman unixman says:

    @graham

    Firstly I am surprised at how much Psychic bidding is going on with this hand. The number of player who jump to 6 with out any information is crazy. I followed the 2c opener and got to 4S (now reading I now know that que bids are not recognised my the computer) I simply make an enquiry of my partner by bidding 5 hearts. The denies AC AD and as such shows AH and more honours. I let partner decide they bid 5S so that is where I stop…The way most bid this hand getting 6 you will go down as often as you make which is not good…

  61. Profile photo of chini chini says:

    Bid 5S first time, made 6 but could only count on 6-9 pts from partner. How could I bid 6? Told me no aces when I not 4NT, how could I bid slam?
    Bid 6S second time, still made 6. How could I bid slam?
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  62. Profile photo of howardlhall howardlhall says:

    6S is laydown. Not hard at all…
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  63. Profile photo of hlabreche hlabreche says:

    6S easy! just plain Acol works fine on this one.
    Cute

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    P P P

  64. Profile photo of jb4400 jb4400 says:

    Bid and made 6Sd
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    2 X 3 3
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  65. Profile photo of mcbradford mcbradford says:

    The bidding went 1spade, 2 d’s, 2 spades,3 d’s and then I asked for aces with 4 clubs, partner bid 4 spades and bid 6 spades. I know now that partner did not have two Aces for the response over 4 clubs. I made 12 tricks but the bidding was not correct. When do you use 4 clubs to ask for Aces and when do you use 4 NT’s? Partner obviously did not think I was asking for Aces.

  66. Profile photo of MoisheR MoisheR says:

    Bidding system: 2 over 1, 1430 Roman key card.
    Bidding:
    W N E S
    %u2013 P P 1S
    2D 2S 3D 4D (showing first round control of D)
    P 4S P 4N
    P 5C P 6S (partner shows one key card, probably KS or AC, feels quite a safe slam).
    Lead AD, 12 tricks easy.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    2 2 3 4
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  67. Profile photo of holley holley says:

    Went 6S as no diamonds and partner encouragingly X after my opposition bid over my strong 2C opening, then showed no aces after my Blackwood.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    2 X 3 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  68. Profile photo of epeterh epeterh says:

    Contract 6 Spades North. Ace of Diamonds led. Tried to trump. Computer said I couldn’t play that card. Played a club.
    Second lead was King of Diamonds. Tried to trump. Same result. What’s going on?

  69. Profile photo of pdiomartich pdiomartich says:

    I opened spade partner bid 2 spades so I took it to 6 spades, I was void in the right suit to make the bid trumping the ace of diamonds…easy

  70. Profile photo of pdiomartich pdiomartich says:

    Why do people like to open 2clubs? Straight forward approach is basic and does the trick, graeme. Or make it complicated bala. easy hand easy bid
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    2 2 3 6
    P P P

  71. Profile photo of pdiomartich pdiomartich says:

    i dont bid weak 2’s and my nt is always strong
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    2 2 3 6
    P P P

  72. Profile photo of pdiomartich pdiomartich says:

    i dont bid weak 2’s and my nt is always strong
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    2 2 3 6
    P P P

  73. Profile photo of pdiomartich pdiomartich says:

    sorry one more thing, i will play whatever my partner is wanting to play because i can play anyway they want… ok now im done .. well maybe
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    2 2 3 6
    P P P

  74. Profile photo of powerofpawn powerofpawn says:

    13 does not seem makeable
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    2 X 3 3
    P 4 P 5
    P 6 P P
    P

  75. Profile photo of stephstone stephstone says:

    The bidding in my hand seems different to everyone else’s! I opened 2C, West bid 3D and North bid 3NT! I then bid 5S and North passed! What happened ? Why did the system not give the same bids as everyone else who opened 2C?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    2 3N P 5
    P P P

  76. Profile photo of stephstone stephstone says:

    Sorry 2D! from west then 3 NT!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    2 3N P 5
    P P P

  77. Profile photo of shiningstar shiningstar says:

    Bid 2C, then 3S, partner supported S, I bid 6S, made 12
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    2 X 3 3
    P 4 P 6
    P P P

  78. Profile photo of jeanne jeanne says:

    I made 12 tricks without problem but the computer did some funny bidding and I got passed out at 5S.
    However I was delighted with the learning curve and the play. Thank you Bajir and Graeme.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    2 3N P 5
    P P P

  79. Profile photo of impatti impatti says:

    I counted 3 points for the void, giving me enough count to open with 2C. Playing 6S was a breeze. Loved it.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    2 X 3 3
    P 4 P 6
    P P P

  80. Profile photo of cacho cacho says:

    bid 5 sp make 6.sorry

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    2 2 3 4N
    P 5 P 5
    P P P

  81. Profile photo of evereece evereece says:

    I am new here, love the site! The videos are marvelous, entertaining and helpful! 🙂

    Bid 4 and made 6

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong twos, transfers

    Auction
    W N E S
    %u2013 P P 1
    2 2 3 4
    P P P

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    2 2 3 4
    P P P

  82. Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

    Hi @evereece,
    Welcome to Sky Bridge Club! – glad to have you with us. 🙂

  83. Profile photo of tonygraham tonygraham says:

    What about programming the computer to do Roman Key Card Blackwood. This would tackle Graeme’s reluctance (often) to ask for aces!

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    Congratulations to the top 100!

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    1 Lidi 80
    3 sbc35763527 79
    4 Onoville 77
    4 sbc18844023 77
    6 Rosiea 76
    6 vickiadnams 76
    8 Janton45 75
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    33 cinnamon 63
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    89 gayebartlett 57
    89 MarjorieSmith 57
    89 sbc2440977 57
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    94 Jean07 56
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    97 Lynette 55
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    97 sbc9155870 55
    97 bridgemad 55
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    7 starwise 206
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    8 sbc4296252 204
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    11 entropyrules 199
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    11 atomgirl 199
    11 JDM20 199
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    15 Mickey 197
    15 whoami 197
    18 mdstiver 196
    18 Mogsie 196
    20 Ron1945 193
    20 Janton45 193
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    22 eddstac 192
    24 Onoville 191
    25 Spanner 189
    26 sbc28900929 188
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    27 chalker546 187
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    36 jmak 179
    36 Golfmadviv 179
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    36 sbc4745969 179
    41 trishh 177
    41 sbc2426950 177
    41 sbc26554499 177
    41 Mumble 177
    45 Cary2 174
    46 JOHNkib 173
    46 rosepetal14 173
    46 sbc54872161 173
    46 PaulGill 173
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    51 JoyWelsford 171
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    53 Oma115 169
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