- Cue-Bidding to Slams covers a vital area generally neglected in bridge literature. It deals with the principles and methods used in standard cue-bidding to enable first- and second-round controls to be located. A sound approach to hand valuation is included and will allow the partnership to find slams based on a good fit and to avoid slams which are a poor risk. Guidelines are supplied to help with the vexed question of when to cue-bid and when simply to ask for aces.
- Written in a clear and easy-to-follow style, with plentiful examples, this new and enlarged edition of a highly thought-of book will provide a partnership with the basis for competent and successful slam bidding, leading not only to consistently better results but also to more satisfaction and enjoyment.
- 'Ron Klinger is making a bid to become the world's leading authority on the teaching of the game ... his writing is clear, concise and well-structured and his step-by-step approach greatly facilitates the learning process. This book on cue-bidding is what many players have been waiting for. Cue-bidding is easy, at least after reading Klinger.
- Highly recommended if you want to learn about cue-bidding with the minimum of effort.'
- Although cue-bidding is widely recognised as one of the most efficient methods of bidding slams, to most of the world's bridge players it is a large, vague, mysterious body of knowledge which they never expect to understand, let alone master.
- Part of the responsibility for this state of affairs is that there is no straightforward book explaining the structure of cue-bidding. Some authors assume the readers already know how to cue-bid, some deal with it in no more than a cursory manner and some do not bother to deal with it all. Even books whose subject matter is slam bidding often do not devote more than a brief chapter to cue-bidding, mainly because there are many other topics involved in slam bidding and if the cue-bidding section were treated comprehensively, it would take far more space than would be available.
- This book assumes the reader knows nothing at all about cue-bidding and takes the reader through all the processes involved in cue-bidding to a slam. In so doing, it deals with topics such as hand valuation for slam, :Blackwood 4NT and Roman Key Card Blackwood, the 5NT Trump Ask, the mechanics of cue-bidding, when to use Blackwood and when to cue-bid, advanced bidding situations and modern slam-bidding techniques. Chapter 17 also includes many example hands on slam bidding from recent world championships.
- By the end of the book the reader will hopefully be able to bid slams more often and more effectively. That should make slam bidding more fun, more of a challenge and much more rewarding.
- The excitement of cue-bidding – 9
- Judging slam potential – 11
- The tools of slam bidding – 22
- When to use Blackwood, when to cue-bid: Part 1 – 24
- Cue-bidding with a major suit agreed as trumps – 25
- The extent of cue-bidding – 33
- Signing off in the agreed trump suit – 37
- Using Blackwood after cue-bidding – 42
- Trump Asking Bids – 48
- Cue-bids beyond five of the agreed trump suit – 53
- Example hands on cue-bidding – 55
- Cue-bidding with a minor suit as trumps – 59
- Cue-bidding by inference – 69
- When to use Blackwood, when to cue-bid : Part 2 – 80
- Splinters and cue-bidding – 85
- Special situations and advanced methods – 92
- Other slam bidding methods – 103
- The psychology of cue-bidding – 127
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