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A New Quiz
Charles Goren
October 31, 1960
If certain defects become apparent in the slam-bidding practices of the casual player, it is usually because he is weighed down by an excess of conventions. It is well to remember that Blackwood and its kinfolk were designed not solely for the purpose of bidding slams but also of avoiding them. Too often a slam convention is employed before an accurate assessment of strength has been made. This is a ticket to disaster.
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October 31, 1960

A New Quiz

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10 FOUR CLUBS.
An immediate response of four clubs to an opening bid of one, two or three no trump must be construed as the Gerber convention asking for aces. If partner responds with four diamonds, showing all four aces, you will be in a position to count 13 tricks and will bid a grand slam. If he shows three aces, you will settle for a small slam, and if he shows only two aces, it is desirable that he reread the text on the requirements for an opening two no-trump bid.

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