A "must" when hearts are trumps and has advantages over Minorwood




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A “must” when hearts are trumps and has advantages over Minorwood, presented by Mike Savage

When clubs, diamonds or hearts are your agreed-upon trump suit, if you ask for controls via 4NT, sometimes partner’s response is too high to stop at the 5-level in your suit if you lack sufficient controls. The response to king asking via 5NT will also sometimes get you beyond your trump suit at the 6-level.

The solution? Simple – play Kickback RKC Blackwood on auctions when trumps have been agreed-upon and you are in a game-forcing auction. What is Kickback Blackwood? 4+1 – that means that the control asking bid is always the suit just above your trump suit at the 4-level (thus 4+1). So on a game forcing auction with trump agreement, if clubs are trumps, 4D is control asking; if diamonds are trumps, 4H is control asking and if hearts are trumps, 4S is control asking. This keeps the bidding lower so you can always find out about controls and the trump queen below or at five of your trump suit and when asked for kings via the suit just above the trump suit at the 5-level (5+1), you can still stop at the 6-level.

After having asked for controls, if the asker then bids the agreed-upon trump suit, that is always a sign-off. When asked for the trump queen, if the response is your trump suit, that always denies the queen. After asking for controls and whatever response, if the asker now bids the suit just above the trump suit, that’s king asking (5+1). Other versions may exist but none are easier on your memory.



Playing Kickback you can’t use the suit just above trumps for a cue-bid or a splinter use 4NT for that.

If Clubs are trumps:

4D (4+1) = 1430 RKC Blackwood for clubs (reverse 1st two steps if playing 3014)

4H = Shows 1 or 4 controls

4S asks for the trump queen

4NT = Shows the queen, no kings, 5C = No queen. Bid lowest king with the queen

4S = Shows 0 or 3 controls

4NT asks for trump queen

5C = Shows the queen, no kings, 5D = No queen. Bid lowest king with the queen

4NT = Shows two controls w/o the trump queen and 5C = Two controls and the trump queen

5D (5+1) = Asks for kings over any control showing response

Show you lowest king first and if you have no kings, bid 6C (trumps)



If Diamonds are trumps:

4H (4+1)= 1430 RKC Blackwood for diamonds (reverse the 1st two steps if playing 3014)

4S = Shows 1 or 4 controls

4NT asks for trump queen

5C = Shows the queen & no kings, 5D = No queen. Bid lowest king with the queen

4NT = Shows 0 or 3 controls

5C asks for the trump queen

5D = No queen. 5NT = Shows the queen & no kings. Bid lowest king with the queen

5C = Two controls w/o the trump queen and 5D = Two controls and the trump queen

5H (5+1) = Asks for kings. Show lowest king first & if you have no kings, bid 6D (trumps)

If Hearts are trumps:

4S(4+1) = 1430 RKC Blackwood for hearts (reverse the 1st two steps if playing 3014)

4NT = Shows 1 or 4 controls

5C asks for the trump queen

5D = Shows the queen & no kings, 5H = No queen. Bid you lowest king with the queen

5C = Shows 0-3 controls

5D asks for the trump queen

5H = No queen, 5NT = Shows the queen & no kings, Bid lowest king with the queen

5D = Two controls w/o the trump queen and 5H = Two controls and the trump queen

5S (5+1) = Asks for kings. Show lowest king first & if you have no kings, bid 6H (trumps)

patomike@charter.net


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