Cue-Bidding to Slams
Klinger (Ron)
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. '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.
  4. Highly recommended if you want to learn about cue-bidding with the minimum of effort.'

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  1. The excitement of cue-bidding – 9
  2. Judging slam potential – 11
  3. The tools of slam bidding – 22
  4. When to use Blackwood, when to cue-bid: Part 1 – 24
  5. Cue-bidding with a major suit agreed as trumps – 25
  6. The extent of cue-bidding – 33
  7. Signing off in the agreed trump suit – 37
  8. Using Blackwood after cue-bidding – 42
  9. Trump Asking Bids – 48
  10. Cue-bids beyond five of the agreed trump suit – 53
  11. Example hands on cue-bidding – 55
  12. Cue-bidding with a minor suit as trumps – 59
  13. Cue-bidding by inference – 69
  14. When to use Blackwood, when to cue-bid : Part 2 – 80
  15. Splinters and cue-bidding – 85
  16. Special situations and advanced methods – 92
  17. Other slam bidding methods – 103
  18. The psychology of cue-bidding – 127

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