Daily Bridge Tip 43

All you really want to know is how many spade losers partner has.

Bid 5 ♥ which asks partner the question.

The responses are:

Pass with neither first nor second round control in spades
Bid 5 ♠ with ♠ A (because 7 ♥ may be on)
Bid 5 NT with the guarded King (which allows you to play in 6 NT if necessary)
Bid 6 ♥ with a singleton spade

IF THE OPPONENTS HAVE BID ONE SUIT, A RAISE OR LEAP TO THE 5 LEVEL OF THE AGREED MAJOR ASKS YOU TO BID A SLAM WITH FIRST OR SECOND ROUND CONTROL IN THEIR SUIT.

Do not confuse this with 1 ♥ – 4 ♠ – 5 ♥ which is a competitive bid at the 5 level.

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Bill Aitken
Bill Aitken
8 months ago

I can’t recall ever getting a hand like this so would not know to bid 5H, and my partner would not know the meaning of that. Asking for aces does not help because of the void, and 4H is for wimps. I think I would bid 4C to see what happens.

Marina Evans
Marina Evans
7 months ago

What about 5d is that exclusion bw here?