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Asking for Aces by
Bidding The Blackwood Convention




  When to use Blackwood Why use Blackwood How to bid Blackwood
 
  •  After a trump suit is picked
  •  Looking for slam
  •  To check for aces and kings
  •  Confident slam bidding
  •  Bid 4NT 'asking'
  •  Think of your rebid
 



Bidding the Blackwood Convention

Blackwood is used when you and partner have chosen a trump suit and think that you also have enough points to bid a small or large. The only thing holding you back is if you are missing an ace or two.


A bid of 4NT after a trump suit has been agreed upon is Blackwood "asking for aces". It is an artificial bid, not a true notrump bid. Partner responds in 'code':

5C = 0 or all 4 aces
5D = 1 ace
5H = 2 aces
5S = 3 aces


Partner can now bid 5NT to ask you for Kings.

6C = 0 or all 4 kings
6D = 1 king
6H = 2 kings
6S = 3 kings


This can really help you reach slam can't it!




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