Even the Roman Blackwood conventional method, a variation of the original Blackwood Convention, has a variation. This variation was devised by the Blue Team Club (Italian: squadra azzurra) and was applied with some success. Blue Team was the popular name given to the Italian International Bridge Team, which had a series of huge successes starting in 1956 and fading in the year 1969.

The members of this team and their sponsors/managers, Mr. Federico Rosa, then the Secretary of the Italian Bridge Federation, and Mr. Carl Alberto Perroux, then the Technical Commisioner of the Italian Bridge Federation, dedicated themselves to a study of the game, the conventions, and the mathematics. This conventional method is one of their results.

The main concept of the Blue Team Club Responses, which is also known as the Blue Team Roman Responses, is the same as with the Roman Blackwood conventional method, but the first two responses have been reversed. Once the Blue Team Club variation has been initiated, then the responder has the following options:

Partner   Responder Meaning
4 NT   Initiates the Blue Team Club (Roman) responses.
  5   Shows 1 or 4 Aces.
    5   Shows 0 or 3 Aces.
    5   Shows 2 Aces of the same color or rank.
    5   Shows 2 Aces of different color or rank.

As the bridge player can compare, the meanings of the responses of 5 Clubs and 5 Diamonds are reversed to that of the Roman Blackwood conventional method. The alledged advantage to this reversal is to facilitate further exploration of a possible slam without the use of any and all Blackwood variations.

After a positive response, the Roman Blackwood bidder continues exploring for slam by cuebids, instead of continuing with the guidelines of the variation of the Roman Blackwood conventional method. Any cuebid then shows a Key Card Feature, establishing the location of the Key Card through the auction itself. The Key Card should be defined first as a King, then a Queen, or even theoretically a Jack, if bidding space allows.

However, if the Roman Blackwood bidder continues with a straight-forward bid of 5 No Trump, then this bid is asking for Kings. It is important for both partners to distinguish between these two bidding auctions when employing the Blue Team Club responses.



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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