Asking for Aces : 1 - 4
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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 (showing trump support and 13+ points) 3NT can be used for Blackwood.
Having found the trump fit in a major suit it is most unlikely that the Partnership prefers to play in 3NT.


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


* With a Suit Quality (SQ) in Hearts of 10, Opener need not bother calling his Clubs, because his Hearts suit can "go it alone".
With only 6 losers Opener should jump rebid his Hearts.
After Responder's raise, 3NT is no loner possible for Blackwood.

SQ = Number of cards + Honours in a suit


3             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.


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

* With 10-12 points Responder must bid another suit first, before Jump raising Opener's suit to 3♠. 3NT can still be used as Blackwood, which Opener (with only 6 losers) certainly must try.



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