AFTER a trump suit has been agreed upon by the partners a bid of 4 NT is the Blackwood Convention asking partner how many ACES?
RESPONSES TO BLACKWOOD:
4 NT – ASKS:
5 CLUBS – NONE OR ALL FOUR
5 DIAMONDS – ONE ACE
5 HEARTS – TWO ACES
5 SPADES – THREE ACES
IF THE PARTNERSHIP HOLDS ALL 4 ACES, THEN A BID OF 5 NT ASKS FOR KINGS? DO NOT ASK FOR KINGS IF YOU ARE MISSING AN ACE!
5 NT – ASKS:
6 CLUBS – NO KINGS
6 DIAMONDS – ONE KING
6 HEARTS – TW0 KINGS
6 SPADES – THREE KINGS
6 NO TRUMP – FOUR KINGS
RESPONDING TO BLACKWOOD WITH A VOID:
– with no aces, respond 5 clubs, AS USUAL, (DO NOT SHOW VOID)
– WITH ONE ACE AND A USEFUL VOID, JUMP TO THE “six” level in the void suit! If it ranks lower on the ladder than the agreed trump suit!
If it ranks higher on the ladder than the agreed trump suit – bid SIX OF THE TRUMP SUIT!
HOW TO BAIL OUT IF YOU ASK FOR ACES BY BIDDING 4 NT AND NEED TO STOP!!!!
ANY BID OF A NEW SUIT AT THE FIVE LEVEL BY YOU WHICH CAN’T BE MEANT AS A TRUMP SUIT ASKS PARTNER TO BID 5 NO TRUMP!