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Vanderbilt, sitting West, dealt, and bid one club—the artificial bid from which his convention derives its name—to show a minimum of 3� quick tricks. Neither opponent ever bid. Any response other than one diamond is forcing to game, and if partner has two or more quick tricks he bids either one no-trump, one spade, one heart, two clubs or two diamonds. But if he has a solid suit (a minimum of five headed by the four top honors), he jumps in that suit to show it. Therefore his partner Von Zedtwitz bid three clubs, and over Vanderbilt's normal three heart response he jumped again to five clubs, a definite slam invitation. Since Von Zedtwitz had shown a supersolid club suit, at least eight, or perhaps only seven and a side king, it was Vanderbilt's turn to jump. He could count 13 tricks, five in his own hand and eight in his partner's, and, apprehensive that he might be unable to get to dummy unless clubs were trump and despite his void in that suit, he made the third successive jump bid in clubs, and played the hand (a laydown) at seven clubs without a trump in his hand, a situation which was, in many ways, unprecedented. In Vanderbilt's opinion, using any other system, it would be impossible to reach a seven-club contract except by guesswork.
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