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MY TEN NEW COMMANDMENTS
Charles Goren
September 16, 1957
One day eight years ago, I had stopped for a cup of coffee at the counter in a Chicago railway station restaurant when a man slipped onto the stool next to mine and, in a husky, faintly accented voice which I instantly recognized, asked for a glass of milk. The man was Ely Culbertson.
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September 16, 1957

My Ten New Commandments

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[King of Diamonds]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[King of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[Ace of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[3 of Spades]

WEST

pass

NORTH

1 NT

EAST

pass

SOUTH

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(This has been known for some time as the Gerber Convention.) For slam bidding, and especially for bidding a grand slam, information about aces and kings is vital. The Blackwood four-five no trump bid is excellent for this purpose and is still to be used. But when an opening bid has been made in no trump, the limitations of Blackwood can be utterly frustrating. If partner has only one ace, you want to avoid bidding a slam of any kind. If he has two aces, you want to get to a small slam. If he has three aces and a couple of kings, you want to bid a grand slam. But how are you to find out?

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