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Sometimes a void is helpful and sometimes it is useless. Exclusion Blackwood helps to sort out the difference.
This week we investigate Exclusion Blackwood, a more sophisticated version of Roman Key-Card. In it, players attempt to work around voids when trying for a slam. Sometimes a void is helpful and sometimes it is useless. Exclusion Blackwood helps to sort out the difference.
Last week we reviewed how to use Blackwood to ask for Aces in a suit contract when your partnership is looking for a slam. The convention “Roman Key-Card Blackwood” is a more sophisticated version that we will investigate today.
What should happen when, from the bidding, you realize that your partnership may have enough points to investigate the possibility of a slam?
Garbage Stayman is not a convention to be trashed. It is a powerful convention to use selectively when circumstances are right. It is very unusual because you and your partner do not have to agree to play this convention.
In past columns we have talked about the Stayman convention that you use to respond to partner’s One No-Trump (1NT) opening to try to find a major suit eight-card fit. Today’s column continues the discussion when you have choices and you are uncertain which one to choose.
This week’s Gambling 3NT is about your responses to partner’s opening 3NT.