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The Gerber convention might be the most over-used bridge convention but every now and then a hand comes along...

bridge game Gerber

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dianeg1128
Woohoo! 100%
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT.
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Bowman
Bowman says:
Well done @dianeg1128
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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Bowman
Bowman says:
I only made 11
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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evmiol
evmiol says:
Definitely hard to make! Is anyone on the Sunshine Coast and looking forward a live partner?
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
Player4
Player4 says:
Bit of a punt but somewhere between 31 and 33 hcp is a bet I’ll take. Made my 6NT.
4 card majors, Strong 2 bids, Weak NT.
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DK21420
DK21420 says:
On 2nd attempt I could make 6NT
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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suec88
suec88 says:
made 12 tricks but only bid 3NT, well done to those who bid slam :)
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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jonana
jonana says:
6nt making. 99 percent. Happy with that.
4 card majors, Strong 2 bids, Weak NT.
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purpleheart
Bid 3NT and made 6NT...
4 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Weak NT, Transfers.
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Hannahk
Hannahk says:
Made 6NT on second attempt
4 card majors, Strong 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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Poppingpopcorn
Huh, should have got that. So far this year not so rosy....
4 card majors, Strong 2 bids, Strong NT.
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Poppingpopcorn
I struggled with this hand, replaying it a couple of times & the best I could do was bid & make 5 clubs.
4 card majors, Strong 2 bids, Strong NT.
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JohnG
JohnG says:
Made 12 on second attempt how can you make 13? You have to lose a spade
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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kbalagopal
12 on replay - only 11 first go. Sad!
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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Glen
Glen says:
Trying to finesse the Queen of Spades to make the slam and then learning you didn't even need to try... oh well
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT.
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Rita928
Rita928 says:
Made 6N on the 2nd try!
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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crookedlane
Bid 6n but can't seem to get it right S finess doesn't work H s get in
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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Suzie
Suzie says:
Made 6NT, but only bid 3.
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT.
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jb4400
jb4400 says:
Didn't make it
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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Chance22
Chance22 says:
6NT, 13 tricks
East led 7

BIDDING
I think this is an officially-ok scenario to ask for aces: 31-33 points, slam a good possibility, no voids. Missing one King, I stopped at 6NT.

PLAY
Right off the bat we learn East has Q and West K, but that doesn’t help to know where the 2 crucial queens are.

Diamond Finesse: East had a bunch of the 7 missing hearts, at least 5 probably. But there were even more diamonds out. I thought that if she had diamonds with Q, she would/could have led diamonds instead. This wasn’t particularly accurate, but it was the reason I chose the diamond finesse.

13 Tricks: I started with the clubs and in the middle of drawing them realized I didn’t want to do any discarding myself, so on trick #5 I did the diamond finesse. Then knowing I had to lose a heart sooner or later, on trick #6 I played 2 and East did not play her Q, leading to 13.

cc @zoomer2591
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT.
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cbarriosknox
@graeme please explain how to make 6 NT hand 1 January 4
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
MrsH
MrsH says:
Just couldn't channel my inner @graeme and go for it.
Went slowly to 5♣ and made that on first go.
Tried a quantitative 4NT on reply and got left there, making 6.
Fortune favours the bold.....congrats to those who were brave enough to bid it, and even more do to those who made it!
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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carolmy
carolmy says:
Went 6NT and messed it up big time! Never mind, will try again, and again, and again....
4 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Weak NT.
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carolmy
carolmy says:
Made 6 on third attempt, thanks to @chance22!
4 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Weak NT.
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Gwendolinej
@graeme I went 5nt got 12, but couldn't really work out the bidding. Can you tell us how you got to bid 6nt please.
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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lolli9
lolli9 says:
@ChristineW, try reading up on the 'quantitative bid' Four no-trump is not asking for aces when responding to no-trump bid.
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT.
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32dwemce
32dwemce says:
messed t up a couple of times but eventually made 12 in 6nt and 5 clubs made 11, needs a lot of though
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Weak NT, Transfers.
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JulieE
JulieE says:
I bid 6NT as knew we had enough points and wasn't sure how the computer would bid if I tried asking for aces with 4C . Made first time so very happy. Happy New Year everyone.
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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ktmontgomery
Made 7 NT. Only bid 5.
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Weak NT, Transfers.
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Bamburgh
Bamburgh says:
Bid to 6NT via Gerber - lost one Heart trick. Was going to try the Spade finesse, but the Queen dropped and it made.
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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chini
chini says:
Was happy 6NT, made, but see someone made 7, doing clubs first.
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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Jeanne
Jeanne says:
Bid 4nt and made 6. Rather underbid but happy with the play!
4 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Weak NT, Transfers.
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RDP27
RDP27 says:
NT were the obvious strengths - took 5NT but could not see how one could bid 6 NT
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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Mcfluff
Mcfluff says:
Tight as 6NT only making with the QS dropping and the D finesse!
4 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Weak NT, Transfers.
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Jenjenw47
Jenjenw47 says:
I bid Gerber and p bid 4NT.. I’m a learner so I left it at that but I made 6NT for the grand score of 480 I think it was..
4 card majors, Strong 2 bids, Weak NT.
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Swan
Swan says:
6nt made. Not wise to bid immediately 6nt with 11 points as partner may have only 20 points (33 points makes slam). 3S to let partner know I have min 5/6 clubs (6 clubs min for transfer if no points!). Partner understandably prefers to play 3nt.. 4C bid is ambiguous: gerber? No if gerber, it should’ve been done after the 2nt-bid I suppose. 5C=0 or 4, 5D=1 or 3.. partner said 5C but couldn’t have 4 aces as I had 1, so it was a club-fit. I corrected to 5nt as 5c doesn’t score much. As a matter of fact, I was driven to 6nt by partner... just as well!
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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Del
Del says:
Made 6NT after couple of attempts. Finally did it with a lucky JD finesse
4 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Weak NT, Transfers.
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Poppingpopcorn
SBC sent me an email regarding the Gerber convention after my failure regarding this hand.
I used to prefer this to Blackwood, finding one could start asking for aces at a lower level. So I tried it again today ( I thought we only played Blackwood here?) remembering the convention is only used after the bidding had been in no trumps. ( otherwise use Blackwood).
It worked. I see on the comment above that @dell also bid Gerber on this hand. I stopped at 5 nt because there are 2 kings missing, but actually made a small slam.
Now after all that, I’ll read all the comments!
4 card majors, Strong 2 bids, Strong NT.
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Poppingpopcorn
See above, sorry, 1 king missing, replayed in 6nt, made 7. With Gerber ace asking, the contract will always be in nt’s.
4 card majors, Strong 2 bids, Strong NT.
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michael102
Bid 6NT, made 12, giving 99%. Difficult to make 13.
4 card majors, Strong 2 bids, Weak NT.
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Kogie
Kogie says:
responded 4NT quantitative bidding. Partner passed. Made 12
4 card majors, Strong 2 bids, Weak NT.
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JBrown
JBrown says:
I loved the way Graeme slowly explained this video. More please!
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