Five-card Majors
Klinger (Ron)
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  1. Most players in the world prefer five-card majors. In international events, the majority of partnerships use a five card major system and the winners of the world championships almost always play some five-card major structure. Other Systems exist but none approaches the popularity of the five-carders. This book provides a comprehensive account of five-card majors in the modern style. It includes the material you need, whether you wish to play the system yourself or want to know the methods of your opponents.

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  1. This book provides an exciting challenge to all bridge players, irrespective of whether they use 4- or 5-card major opening bid systems or whether they base their game on Acol, Standard American or any other system.
  2. Ron Klinger, whose books have achieved international recognition for their clarity, provides here an admirably lucid introduction to 5-card majors and demonstrates the system's many virtues — the reason why approximately two thirds of the world's leading bridge players use some system based on opening with five-card major suits.
  3. The detailed analysis of the system and its applications in Pairs play are backed up by carefully-chosen 'exercises which will enable players to consolidate their grasp of 5-card major methods. Moreover, the answers to the bidding problems are much more than bald solutions - they are accompanied by succinct explanations showing how the final contracts were reached.
  4. If you want to put an edge on your game, you have to read FIVE-CARD MAJORS!

  1. There are many good bidding systems. For the most part it matters rtle which system you and your partner play. The real crux is how well you and partner know it and how competently you can use it.
  2. Nevertheless, most players in the world play some system based
    opening five-card majors. The vast majority of players in the United States plays five-card majors as does a significant number in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
    The majority of pairs competing at international level use systems based on five-card majors and the winners of World Championships most invariably feature the five-card major structures.
  3. This book is intended as an introduction to five-card major methods. The reader is assumed to have an understanding of how tidgee is played as well as the rudiments of bidding strategy.
  4. The book is divided into two parts. The first deals with Standard Methods which are most commonly used by those who play five-card majors. The second half contains popular methods which are generally found among duplicate devotees.
  5. For the reader who plays Acol or some other system based on opening four-card suits, this will give you an inkling of how the other alf lives. You may find parts that you will wish to adapt into your wn methods. You may even find yourself trying out five-card majors to see how they work. A word of warning: Most who try five card majors do not wish to revert to playing four-card suits.
  6. For the reader who already plays five-card majors, the book provides a summary of the methods generally played. You may find parts which reinforce what you already do. You may find areas that are new to you and will enhance your game.
  7. Each segment is liberally illustrated with quizzes and partnership bidding exercises. You are urged to tackle all of these exercises which complement the written instruction. Do well on the exercises and you will do well at the table, too.
    … Ron Klinger, 1992

    Introduction - 7
  1. Why Five Card Majors Are Better - 9
    P A R T 1 - Standard Methods — System Summary – 15
  2. The One Heart and One Spade Openings - 16
  3. The No-Trump Openings - 26
  4. The One Club and One Diamond Openings - 28
  5. The Two Club Opening - 38
  6. The Two Diamond Opening - 40
  7. Opening Two Hearts or Two Spades - 42
  8. Pre-emptive Openings - 44
    P A R T 2 - Duplicate Methods — System Summary - 49
  9. The One Heart and One Spade Openings - 50
  10. The 1NT and 2NT Openings - 54
  11. The One Club and One Diamond Openings - 60
  12. Suit Openings at the Two Level - 68
  13. Slam Bidding - 76
  14. Pre-emptive Openings - 78
  15. Defensive Bidding - 80
  16. Answers to exercises and bidding practice - 86

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Master Bridge, 1992

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