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Practice The Stayman convention and The Gerber convention in 1 game

How do I respond to partner's 1NT (re)bid


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Bidding

Partner opens 1C you respond and bid 1D remember as responder you bid the lower ranking 4 card suit first. Partner's rebid of 1NT showing 12-14 HCP and no 4 card major suit. As partner has now bid NoTrumps and clubs has only been bid once, you can now use the Gerber convention to ask partner how many Aces and Kings he holds. Bid 4C (Gerber). Partner responds 4H showing 1 ace, 5C now asks for kings and partner responds 5S meaning 2 kings, your decision now, do you think you need all 4 kings to bid 6NT? either bid 5NT (a sign-off) or 6NT a slam. All Pass.

Acol Bidding

Partner opens 1NT you respond and bid a Stayman bid of 2C promising at least one 4 card major suit. Partner responds 2D saying they have no 4 card major suits. With yours and partners point you want to explore the possibility of slam, use the Gerber convention to ask partner how many Aces and Kings he holds. Bid 4C (Gerber). Partner responds 4H showing 1 ace, 5C now asks for kings and partner responds 5S meaning 2 kings, your decision now, do you think you need all 4 kings to bid 6NT? either bid 5NT (a sign-off) or 6NT a slam All Pass.

Plan Before You Play

In 3NT contract count your certain winners Three spade tricks, 1 in hearts, 3 in clubs and 1 in diamonds. You need to develop 1 more certain winner to make your contract. The Hearts looks like the best suit as you can finesse east for the KH twice. With this hand you can practice playing the honors in the short suit first to avoid being trapped in the short suited hand.

The Play

Win the opening spade with the 9S. Lead aout a low diamond and make a deep finesse playing the 9D from your hand. the KD wins and returns a heart which east plays the KH on and you cover with your AH. Play all your spades, then your clubs then your hearts for 12 tricks.

Comment

Are you adventurous or timid? You are 1 point short to bid slam but you can make it if the opposition lead the heart suit.

The above commentary is intended as a guideline only. As with any Bridge hand there are many ways to bid and play any hand.

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