Asking for Aces : Examples

Ex.1             Bidding : 1♠ - 3♠ - 3NT* - 4♣ - 4♠ - Pass
Opener
A K 8 6 5
7 2
A K 4
K 8 3
  Responder
Q J 10 3
K Q 9
Q J 10 8
Q 2


* After a Game raise response in a major suit (showing trump support and 13+ points) 3NT can be used for Blackwood.
With a trump fit in a major suit it is unlikely that the Partnership would ever play in 3NT.


Ex.2             Bidding : 1♥ - 3♠* - 3NT - 4♦ - 4NT - 5♥ - 6♥
Opener
9 6 4
A K J 5 3
A Q
Q 10 9
  Responder
5
10 9 6 2
K 10 8 3
A K J 7

* With 11+ HCP, 4+ trumps and a void or singleton Responder makes a double jump to his void or singlteon suit. This is called a Splinter raise.   3NT can here be used as Blackwood.


Ex.3             Bidding : 1♦ - 2♦ - 4♦* - 4♠ - 6♦
Opener
A K 5 2
8
A K 8 6
K Q 9 7
  Responder
7 4
A 10 7
Q 9 5 4 3 2
8 6

* Minorwood : with 19 HCP and only 4 losers Opener must ask for Aces even with Responders Minimum response hand. And indeed Responder does have 1 Ace.


Ex.4             Bidding : 1♥ - 3♥ - 5♣* - 5♥ - 6♥
Opener
K 5 2
A K J 9 8 4
K J 10 9
-
  Responder
A Q 6
Q 10 2
Q 5
A 8 6 4 3

*A jump shift to a new suit after trump suit agreement is Voidwood.
It asks for Partners Aces outside the void suit. In this case Responder's reply should only show one Ace (the A♣ is excluded).

Likewise after a subsequent enquiry for Partner's Kings (by bidding 6♣) the void suit King should be excluded from the answer.


Ex.5             Bidding : 1♦ - 1♠ - 2♠ - 4♥ - 5♣ - 5♥* - 5NT - 7♠
Opener
K J 10 6
9 4 2
A Q 8 3
A 5
  Responder
A Q 8 5 4 2
-
K 9 4
K 10 9 7

* A next bid of the void suit after the Aces reply asks for Partner's Kings (the void suit King is once more excluded from the reply). In this case Opener shows 2 Aces and 1 King outisde Responder's void suit.

© 2014 Michael Furstner