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49 - MAY 2024

49 - MAY 2024

DOUBLES [PART 1]

Conventional uses for “Double” have proliferated enormously in recent times. Some thirty years ago, all doubles were for penalties. Then along came the lead-directing double, closely followed by the negative double and the responsive double. Nowadays, virtually all doubles, particularly…

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THE SLAM ZONE BLACKWOOD (AND ALL THAT JAZZ) – Part 3

With Larry Cohen taking a well-earned break this month we look at a way of asking for keycards when you are contemplating a minor suit slam.

Minorwood

Applied correctly Blackwood is one of the most useful conventions when it comes to identifying if you have
the necessary controls for a slam. However, one has to be careful when using it if the trump suit is going to be a minor suit (particularly when it is Clubs) as an unwelcome response might take us past 5 of a minor.

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Larry Cohen

Larry Cohen is one of America’s top writers and teachers, having semi-retired from top-level competition in 2009. His To Bid or Not to Bid; The LAW of Total Tricks is one of the best-selling bridge books of all time.

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