Right play, wrong result | ♠KJ653 ♥64 ♦32 ♣AQ98
December 17, 2016
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December 19, 2016

Which Ace? | ♠A732 ♥Q9865 ♦53 ♣A6

Which Ace?

The Ace of clubs in the South hand is just what North needed. Imagine South held the Ace of hearts instead. How’s your slam looking now?

54 Comments

  1. paulines says:

    I played this hand a few different ways and easily made 12 tricks each time.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 4 P 6
    P P P

  2. baygon2014 says:

    @graeme – Bid 6 spades but is the computer programmed to distinguish between first round controls and aces? When I bid 4 nt – I received 5 diamonds as the response; I would have thought 5 hearts should have been the response – we had settled on spades as our suit. (I explored the slam option on the grounds that by bidding 4 spades partner had shown that we had sufficient points for a comfortable 4 spades – had the bid over 4 nt been 5 clubs I could escape into 5 spades) I suspect 4 spades making 13 will be a flat board.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  3. gayer says:

    As usual not brave enough to go to slam but made 13 tricks, very easy.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  4. suec88 says:

    Same as gayer, nice hand to start a sunday with though!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  5. hujar says:

    4s making12
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  6. lorraineb says:

    Bid 4S making 13. Have to learn bidding now. Happy anyway!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  7. Bid 7S & made the same.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 7
    P P P

  8. najat says:

    Bid 6S made 7
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P 6
    P P P

  9. sbc5992075 says:

    @baygon.
    I thought the response to 4C was 4 H, but the response to 4NT would be 5D. I remember it as this.
    The minimum next bid after a false is 0 or 4 then each raise up the suits indicates 1 more.
    i.e. 4C: min next bid is 4D, so 0 or 4 aces.
    4NT min next bid is 5C, so 0 or 4 aces. hence 1 ace =1D
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  10. spungee says:

    Felt like 6S, but missing an Ace, I chickened out – would have been nice to get that 1st round control in hearts @graeme. Not so good though if AD swapped for AH.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5
    P P P

  11. Started in 4 s bailed out and made 7 easy

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 7
    P P P

  12. humbleme says:

    made 13 very easly
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  13. egan says:

    Made 13 easily will try again for 7spades

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

  14. cora says:

    made contract
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 7
    P P P

  15. carro88 says:

    I bid 4s, partner with extra strength left it there. Made13 easily.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4
    P P P

  16. dianaosborne says:

    Played first in 3NT and made 11 tricks. Played again in 6 Spades and made 13 tricks. Missing an Ace didn’t like to go to 7NT. What a lovely hand to play.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  17. normie616 says:

    4 Spades made 11.Guess i look a bit sick compared to other results ! Had better try again and again cheers normie SA
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  18. jckspa says:

    Easy slam to make, but I don’t see how you can bid it. With only ten points in the South hand you have nothing extra after the 3 spade bid, it’s up to partner to take things further.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  19. vicks says:

    I agree with you @jckspa. There are only 26 HCP points between the two hands.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  20. Cracking hand for a Sunday! Bid 4s nd made 13, never have I done that before…….
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  21. oz-tin says:

    Bid 4S, made 13 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  22. wilma says:

    WILMA
    With 16 HCP and a void, 5 points, I would expect North to ask for Aces when he knew if I bid 2S I must have 10 points.
    Easily made 12 the first time around but could have called a small slam.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  23. rita928 says:

    In good company with 4S, making 13!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  24. nancyjane says:

    Bid 4S, made 12…should have made 13. Don’t see how you can bid slam without more info from your partner.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  25. Bid 4 S made 13.

    How would you bid slam?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  26. reviewing this hand.

    N opens with 16 high card points. S answer shows 10 pt plus S support.

    If N recounts void he has 20 pts plus S 10 pts = 30. With that count N should ask for aces and at least bid 6.

    All aces accounted for with the void. It makes 13 easily.

    The robot missed this chance as I played as South.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  27. I played this hand a few different ways; easily making 13, with one exception (3 notrump contract). I was able to run the spades and diamonds. Each time my response to the 1 spade opening from North was 2 Hearts, which I think was correct. When North bid 3 Diamonds and I responded 4 clubs; asking for aces, I received 5 diamonds as the response; I would have thought 5 hearts should have been the response as North had one ace. When I responded with 3 nontrump to North’s 3 diamonds indicating I had a stopper in clubs; North left us in 3 notrump; so we did not get to the slam which is where the contract should have been. Only when I supported North’s spades by bidding 3 spades after his 3 diamonds did we end up in 6 spades. Question: why did North not bid 5 hearts showing 1 ace; why did North stop at 3 notrump given his strength and my indication of a club stopper?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 3
    P 4 P 5
    P 6 P P
    P

  28. sbc10809774 says:

    Celebrating too much last night press pass buttom one thing the Irish are good at happy Christmas to everyone having a strong coffee
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P P
    P

  29. ronaldj9 says:

    Why is 4 spades by opener a close out bid after my 3S. To show the stronger hand shouldn’t opener bid a new suit?
    ronaldj
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  30. carolineh says:

    how did so many make 13 . there were several loosers
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

    • chance22 says:

      @carolineh Are you referring to the Hearts in Dummy’s hand? They can all be thrown off on winning diamond tricks or ruffed by Declarer’s extra spades. Dummy’s losing Club can also be either thrown off or ruffed. Declarer’s losing Clubs can be ruffed in Dummy.

  31. judyjunkin says:

    What a hand! I got chicken and stopped at 4 Spades. WE made a Grand Slam. I have a lot to learn. Not gutsy enough.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  32. squarepeg61 says:

    Eleven tricks in 4S. I realize I could have made twelve if I had not misplayed one trick.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  33. blondie58 says:

    Bid 4 making 13. Not sure why I would investigate any further I showed my limit raise with extra support to my partner and they bid 4S showing me (I felt) that was it? Fun to play 🙂
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  34. suzie says:

    Played 4S, made 13!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  35. sandra says:

    played in 4 spades and made 10 the first time round ten played it slightly differently and made a Grand Slam!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  36. kinderconnie says:

    Bid 3S and partner bid 4S and made 13, happy with how I played hand. I do so much better in trump contracts than NT.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  37. halfri says:

    So annoyed i didnt even think to go past game. I had a beautiful south hand. Made 13 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  38. sbc30061059 says:

    also annoyed that I didn’t even go past game as 13 tricks were made easily.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  39. loulla says:

    4 spade and made 12.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  40. yt001 says:

    The computer should have bid asking for Aces instead of 4S!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  41. cookers says:

    Wow terrible mistake, hit the wrong button, sorry partner
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P P
    P

  42. pfredrix says:

    Easily made 13 tricks. Bid the slam with trepidation – not sure whether the Heart controls were there for 6S but felt it probable that they were in some combination. Bergen raises and RKC Blackwood would have made it much easier to bid the slam.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  43. Woow, just me in nt’s. Must be the lateness of the hr.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  44. pfredrix says:

    Amend my above comment – “not sure the red suit controls were there for 6S”, etc.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  45. Bid again, slightly more awake this time & easily made 12 tricks in spades. I doubt I would ask for aces though looking at the response from ptn going straight to 4 spades after my initial support.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  46. sockstevens says:

    slam at last
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 3
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 7
    P P P

  47. nevillet says:

    We made twelve (12), with 12 dummy points should I have done something else other than bid 3S??
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  48. jan1 says:

    Made 13 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  49. wandad says:

    Made 13 but needed more help from partner as I only had 10 points so signed off at 4 S
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  50. @graeme: I played this hand a few different ways; easily making 13, with one exception (3 notrump contract). I was able to run the spades and diamonds. Each time my response to the 1 spade opening from North was 2 Hearts, which I think was correct. When North bid 3 Diamonds and I responded 4 clubs; asking for aces, I received 5 diamonds as the response; I would have thought 5 hearts should have been the response as North had one ace. When I responded with 3 nontrump to North%u2019s 3 diamonds indicating I had a stopper in clubs; North left us in 3 notrump; so we did not get to the slam which is where the contract should have been. Only when I supported North%u2019s spades by bidding 3 spades after his 3 diamonds did we end up in 6 spades. Question: why did North not bid 5 hearts showing 1 ace; why did North stop at 3 notrump given his strength and my indication of a club stopper?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    %u2013 1 P 2
    P 3 P 3
    P 4 P 5
    P 6 P P
    P
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 3
    P 4 P 5
    P 6 P P
    P

    • graeme says:

      Hi @greyfoxgolfer,
      Thanks for the questions. First, let’s look at ace asking.
      Gerber ( 4C ) asking for aces is normally only used when the previous bid was notrumps so North thinks your 4C bid is natural.
      Here’s a short lesson on that: http://skybridgeclub.com/learn/slam-gerber/
      And here’s a wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerber_convention where you’ll find this
      “Gerber is used primarily after notrump openings, responses, and rebids, making it a complement to Blackwood rather than a replacement. Some club players also use it after suit bidding, but most experts do not recommend this.”

      As to North’s other bidding on the hand, I think he was a bit wimpy! You did great by bidding 2H and then supporting spades. It was North’s job to do the rest. 4C wasn’t the best way to go about heading for slam as I mentioned above but you shouldn’t have to be asking anyway! North just needed a bigger breakfast.

      Hope that helps!

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