The origin of these Trump Asking Bids is unknown. The concept behind this conventional method is to determine the number of top honors in the established trump suit as quickly as possible and at the lowest possible level. The reason for discovering the present or missing honors lies in the fact that the partnership can cease the auction on a low and safe level when it becomes apparent that slam is not a possibility.

However, once a partner determines that, via the Wang Trump Asking Bids, a slam is a definite possibility, then and only then does the partnership switch to either Blackwood, or a form of Blackwood, or the agreed upon slam-bidding conventional method. The Wang Trump Asking Bids conventional method is not, repeat not a slam bidding procedure, but rather a conventional method to determine whether or not a slam is a viable option.

This conventional method is employed following an almost immediate establishment of the trump suit, as in the following examples. All Wang Trump Asking Bids are made if there is no competition. Opposite competition, which interferes with the correct exchange of information, then the partnership plays systems off.

Possible Auctions

Example 1    
Opener   Responder   Meaning
1 Heart   3 Heart   Promises a strong limit raise by responder. Establishes Hearts as the trump suit.
3 NT       Via this rebid the opener initiates the Wang Trump Asking Bids.
         
Example 2    
Opener   Responder   Meaning
1 Spade   3 Spade   Promises a strong limit raise by responder. Establishes Spades as the trump suit.
3 NT       Via this rebid the opener initiates the Wang Trump Asking Bids.
         
Example 3    
Opener   Responder   Meaning
1 Diamonds/Clubs   1 Heart/Spade    
3 Heart/Spade       The opener promises additional values with a strong, limit raise of responder's suit. This rebid establishes the trump suit either as Hearts or Spades respectively.
    3 NT   Via this rebid the responder initiates the Wang Trump Asking Bids.
         
Example 4    
Opener   Responder   Meaning
1 NT       The range of the No Trump can be determined by the partnership and the values for the initiation of the Wang Trump Asking Bids can be adjusted accordingly.
    2 Diamonds   This is a version of Forcing Stayman, which uses a bid of 2 Diamonds as the Stayman-style asking bid. This is Wang Trump Asking Bids specific.
2 Heart   3 Heart   A single raise of the Major suit of the No Trump bidder establishes Hearts as the trump suit and initiates the Wang Trump Asking Bids.
         
In the same auction as above, whereby Spades becomes the trump suit.
2 Spade   3 Spade   A single raise of the Major suit of the No Trump bidder establishes Spades as the trump suit and initiates the Wang Trump Asking Bids.
         
Example 5    
Opener   Responder   Meaning
1 Diamonds   2 Diamonds   The partnership agreement is to play Inverted Minors, and this response may establish the trump suit.
2 Heart       Via this rebid, the cheapest possible bid, the opener establishes the trump suit as Diamonds and initiates the Wang Trump Asking Bids.
         
Example 6    
Opener   Responder   Meaning
1 Clubs       This is a one-round forcing, strong, artificial Club opening promising a minimum of 16 plus points.
    1 Heart   The responder shows with this first response at least a holding containing a minimum of 8 high card points.
3 Heart       The trump suit is now inferred as Hearts. With an immediate jump raise of a positive response by responder the opener initiates the Wang Trump Asking Bids. In this case the opener does not make a single raise to show slam interest; only via an immediate jump raise is this possible.

All of the above bidding sequences are possible auctions, whereby the Wang Trump Asking Bids are possible and can be initiated. It must be remembered that the object is to determine if slam is possible by determining the number of top honors held. The player initiating the Wang Trump Asking Bids is the partner asking and the information is communicated via step bids.

Step: Number of Top Honors
First Step: Shows none of the top three honors.
Second Step: Shows 1 top honor, but not specified.
Third Step: Shows 2 top honors, both unspecified.

Continuances per Step Responses

Opener   Responder   Meaning
1 Heart   3 Heart   Promises a strong limit raise by responder. Establishes Hearts as the trump suit.
3 NT       Via this rebid the opener initiates the Wang Trump Asking Bids.
    4 Clubs   First Step: Shows none of the top three honors in the Heart suit.
    4 Diamonds   Second Step: Shows 1 top honor in the Heart, but not specified.

The student of the Wang Trump Asking Bids will notice that the responder is unable to show two of the top honors if the established trump suit is Hearts. However, if the trump suit is Spades, then the following bidding sequence is possible:

Opener   Responder   Meaning
1 Spade   3 Spade   Promises a strong limit raise by responder. Establishes Hearts as the trump suit.
3 NT       Via this rebid the opener initiates the Wang Trump Asking Bids.
    4 Clubs   First Step: Shows none of the top three honors in the Spade suit.
    4 Diamonds   Second Step: Shows 1 top honor in the Spade suit, but not specified.
    4 Heart   Third Step: Shows 2 top honors in the Spade suit, both unspecified.

In the following bidding sequence, which appears above, the continuances are as follows:

Opener   Responder   Meaning
1 Diamonds   2 Diamonds   The partnership agreement is to play Inverted Minors, and this response may establish the trump suit.
2 Heart       Via this rebid, the cheapest possible bid, the opener establishes the trump suit as Diamonds and initiates the Wang Trump Asking Bids.
    2 Spade   First Step: Shows none of the top three honors in the Diamond suit.
    2 NT   Second Step: Shows 1 top honor in the Diamond suit, but not specified.
    3 Clubs   Third Step: Shows 2 top honors in the Diamond suit, both unspecified.

In all of the above bidding sequences the partnership can remain below game and explore for a slam possibility. If the possibility is not present, then the partnership can bid the game contract. If a slam contract appears plausible, then the partnership initiates the slam-bidding agreement.

 

 

If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.

 


     
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