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Got Slam?

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When you know your side has game and the opponents aren’t bidding, sit back and take stock. There’s no rush! If you or your partner has extra strength, consider bidding a second suit, making a cuebid, or asking for Aces. The slams are out there for the taking, you just have to be willing to look for them.

53 Comments

  1. Profile photo of tina tina says:

    When partner opened 1S I wanted to know more about his hand. I therefore didn’t show my spade support immediately but changed the suit which was forcing. Partner’s rebid was a jump to 3H. Now my hand was awesome and we reached slam. If you have a good hand, or even a reasonably good hand, don’t rush to game. Find out more before you leap.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  2. Profile photo of banksia9 banksia9 says:

    Sadly, we will be beaten again by the 6 no trumpers.
    Partner’s 3H bid should show a bucket of high card points.
    So, there is a good case for 6NT.
    (It will also protect AQx if necessary)
    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 6
    P P P

  3. Profile photo of janemart janemart says:

    I didn’t try much of this ‘finding out more’ business. All I was thinking is shall we settle for game, or shall we bid slam? True, asking for aces put us right up in a 5S contract, but I was fairly sure we had 30ish points between us at least so that was an ok gamble.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  4. Profile photo of lynng lynng says:

    Agreed @banksia9. We certainly had all suits covered for the small slam. Right bid was staring me in the eyes. Still a fun hand.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 6
    P P P

  5. Profile photo of baygon2014 baygon2014 says:

    like you I bid 6 spades but 6nt is correct. On a west lead it does not really matter which ace you are missing. If west is holding the missing ace then leading the ace will make your kings good. I made the mistake of thinking that East would be leading through my kings in no trumps.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  6. Profile photo of bruniquel bruniquel says:

    Surprised and disappointed that on first playing this hand, partner responded to my double jump to 2NT with 3NT and then passed on my 4NT bid, denying any chance of a slam. That apart, it was a lovely hand to start the week! Thank you.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2N
    P 3N P 6N
    P P P

    • Profile photo of ijohn ijohn says:

      @bruniquel bidding NT is a limited bid,from which p can assess your points total. thsts wh p responded in 3nt. I cant see that you bid 4NT, s it looks as though you jumped straight to 6

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

    • Profile photo of glen glen says:

      @bruniquel Blackwood is not supposed to work when one has already bid NT.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – 1 P 4N
      P 5 P 6
      P P P

  7. Profile photo of snowwhite snowwhite says:

    How was it possible to make 13 tricks in 4 spades?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  8. Profile photo of bajir bajir says:

    I’m so glad I paused and decided to ask for kings. I thought we had a shot at 6NT instead of 6S. I figured missing one A wouldn’t be an issue as long as we had all the kings so I kept up the investigation. Yippee!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  9. Profile photo of amafyram amafyram says:

    @tina: Happy to say my reasoning was identical to yours.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6N
    P P P

  10. went 6 spades 6 no was right bid
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 3N
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  11. Profile photo of radiog radiog says:

    Made 6NT too!
    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 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  12. Profile photo of carro88 carro88 says:

    Impressed that my bidding was identical to Tina’s! Lovely hands.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  13. Profile photo of ted80 ted80 says:

    Can somebody please explain making 13 tricks?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  14. A little timid this morning, bid 5 made 6.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 5
    P P P

  15. Profile photo of lorraineb lorraineb says:

    You are very clever Bajir. Well done.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 6
    P P P

  16. Profile photo of jlpurdie jlpurdie says:

    @bajir I used the same logic as you and very happy that I did. Now we just need to maintain this start for the next 9 hands.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  17. Profile photo of katec001 katec001 says:

    Same as thinking as @bajir
    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 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  18. Profile photo of mariagee mariagee says:

    Got slam second try. Thanks Tina for showing how to play this one.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 6
    P P P

  19. Profile photo of georgmilos georgmilos says:

    Yes, not bidding 6NT is a mistake!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  20. Profile photo of shiningstar shiningstar says:

    6S made contract
    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 5N
    P 6 P 6
    P P P

  21. Profile photo of ijohn ijohn says:

    Using the LOSING TRICK count I had 5 losers, which when added to my P of 7, assumed, gave me 12 which when deducted from 18 gives 6 tricks. I asked for aces and was told 2, then asked for kings and was pleased to see 2 as well.So I would lose 1 trick to an ace so i bid 6NT which made easily and earned me a number 1 spot, Well pleased
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  22. Profile photo of wadkin37 wadkin37 says:

    wadkin37 Happy with my bidding sequence and play. Kudos to @ Bajir et al for 6 NT!
    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 6
    P P P

  23. Profile photo of sockstevens sockstevens says:

    It became obvious we had a very strong hands, and even opposition must know that so finding out both A and Ks is worth it and then stop and see if 6S or 6NT, will go or ? 7S – missing Ace stops that one, however anyone else who managed 13 tricks must have had very poor opposition.
    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 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  24. Profile photo of laura89 laura89 says:

    I bid a jacoby 2nt but wasn’t sure of computers answer of 3nt so asked for aces in gerber. Getting a 5 club answer truly did not know so put it in 5 spades . Made six.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2N
    P 3N P 4
    P 5 P 5
    P P P

  25. Profile photo of laura89 laura89 says:

    How does one find out what conventions the robot plays?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2N
    P 3N P 4
    P 5 P 5
    P P P

    • Profile photo of bajir bajir says:

      The robots play whatever your bidding preferences are set as. For any unnatural bids which are made, you’ll see a blue panel you click on to find out exactly what it means. Hope that helps @laura89!

    • Profile photo of chance22 chance22 says:

      @laura89

      Let me help. The blue box appears in the auction box after a bid is made if it is an artificial bid that is supported.

      If, while playing, you wanted to check before you bid, this should work: place the particular bid in the red ‘bidding box’ (by scrolling until it gets into the box, or clicking on it before it is in the box). Then mouse over it without clicking, and an explanation will come up in a few seconds. If the explanation talks about the convention, it is supported. This procedure provides information on any bid you are considering.

      Another way to check on conventions might be by going to the ‘Explore’ choice on the Home Page menu. Search for the convention and see what you find. (You won’t find Jacoby 2NT, but you will find Jacoby Transfers.)

  26. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    Bid and made 6 S. Beautiful hand. Couldn’t understand the ranking of the hand, unless yo consider 6 NT the top bid for the hand. I still think jumping in Spades established the suit and tehn sk for Aces to get the slam. That was my thinking on the hand. What a good hand to start the week.! I will take it.!

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

  27. Profile photo of 32dwemce 32dwemce says:

    the first attempt i made at this contract was to go asking for aces (even though I was taught to go slowly when looking for a small slam) all went well the first round with a response of 3 aces, however partner left me in 5 clubs when I went asking for kings. Never played it out in clubs, on a repeat effort I went straight to 6 spades.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4
    P 4 P 6
    P P P

  28. Profile photo of martin-w martin-w says:

    Did not see the point of asking for K’s. Opening hand had to have at least 1 after showing only 2 A’s
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 6N
    P P P

  29. I asked for aces at 4NT and got passed, and and made a grand slam , what the heck , I couldn’t jump shift not enough points so I said 2nt with 2 more points. I don’t say 4NT unless I’m asking for aces.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2N
    P 3N P 4N
    P P P

    • Your 4 nt bid in this situation is not blackwood ,rather it instructs partner to bid 6nt if he was max for his 3 nt bid. Try Gerber 4 clubs instead when nt has alreadt been bid.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – 1 P 2
      P 3 P 4N
      P 5 P 6N
      P P P

  30. I asked for aces at 4NT and got passed, and and made a grand slam , what the heck , I couldn’t jump shift not enough points so I said 2nt with 2 more points. I don’t say 4NT unless I’m asking for aces.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2N
    P 3N P 4N
    P P P

  31. Profile photo of chance22 chance22 says:

    6S, 12 tricks

    THE CRUX OF THE MATTER

    I see a lot of people played in 4S (about 420 at this point). I might have landed there, had I not inadvertently listened to Tina’s video last night.

    So being alerted by the video (but not remembering the details), when I saw my 17 points today I said, “How can I show this strength?” Well, what I discovered is that without the Jacoby 2NT convention mentioned by @laura89, there is no way to show our strength when we want to support partner’s suit. Our choices are, per our SBC hints:
    2S: 6-9
    3S: 10-12
    4S: “Good trump fit” (My Audrey Grant pamphlet says “fewer than 10, pre-emptive”)

    In contrast, if we wanted to play in one of the other suits, we could show 16-plus points by bidding 3H/3D/3C.

    So what I am getting at is that I think it is important to mention the REASON we need to go through this roundabout path of changing suits (and getting more information from partner). It is because of this anomaly that when we are very strong, and support partner’s suit, we can’t tell partner about it. If we could tell partner how strong we are with spade support (Jacoby 2NT anyone?) — or if we wanted to play in another suit and could bid, say, 3H — partner would know we have 16-plus points, and then HE would start investigating slam. So this same-suit strength “helpless” situation seems like a real anomaly, something to be aware of — and incidentally explains why the Jacoby 2NT exists.

    So to circle back to the first paragraph, the hint did suggest 2C, but it’s hard to sail off into clubs without knowing the reason we are in this boat.

    Best to all. I hope this is clear, but I can’t work on it anymore.

    cc @zoomer2591

    P.S. If I have something wrong, corrections are welcome.

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6
    P P P

    • Profile photo of chance22 chance22 says:

      I read a little more about Jacoby 2NT, and I can see why Graeme has not implemented it at our dear SBC.

      It sounds like it would have worked well and simply on this hand. (But contrary to what I said in my post, I think our 2NT would have shown 13-plus points, partner would have bid 3S showing 17-plus points, and then we would have carried on just as we did with Tina’s method, investigating slam.) With lesser hands, however, the 2NT bid appears to lead into describing details like voids and specific aces. That might be a bit much for us newbies, and if that information also had to be programmed into how the computer plays, it could be quite daunting.

      Anyway, I am really glad this came up because now I have a clear understanding about why Tina recommends bidding a new suit in these circumstances — and it certainly worked well on this hand.

      cc @zoomer2591
      @laura89

  32. Profile photo of sabbatical sabbatical says:

    Hi all, I am a newbe. I know this has already been asked, but can someone please explain how to get slam. I am unable in either 6s or 6nt. I understand that convention says lead 4th highest lead when nt, but when south has 6nt contract, west leads Ah, so 1 trick lost from get go. In 6spade, opener has the contract, east leads sm h to wests Ah. Once again 1 trick down from get go. I can see slam may happen if I faked the bidding so the contracts were made micky virka so the leads are from opposite pairs – then it may work out, if as one player suggests W passes playing the Ah and roughs, but why would W do this? The H’s seem to be too distributional to get all tricks.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  33. Profile photo of thorn thorn says:

    I had 17 points and leapt straight to 6nt . A minimum of 30 points was looking good for slam. Ignoring the rules ….
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 6N
    P P P

  34. Profile photo of jeanne jeanne says:

    Went 6nt and made them!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 6N
    P P P

  35. Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

    Here ya go, @sabbatical. This is how you ca make 6NT. We’re all newbies here, by the way, so glad to have you with us. Anyway, check this out and see if it makes sense… Watch
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6N
    P P P

  36. Profile photo of suzyq suzyq says:

    Computer would not accept my Jacoby 2NT bid which I thought was perfect for this hand. Immediately started the bidding again and was able to get to slam. Lost only the Ace of hearts as did Tina. Again, why don’t we have the 2NT bid, even the very first part which says I have at least 4 of your suit and an opening hand?

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