UNDERSTANDING 1430 SLAM - BIDDING VOLUME II

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By Mike Diesel

This Level II Book starts with a review of the Gerber convention, suggesting 1430 replies for consistency (and therefore memorability). Then, we introduce Suit Oriented Gerber to supplement Four Ace Gerber, and codify when a 4 club bid is Gerber and when it is not. Next, we review the 4NT Quantitative Ask and explain our special replies. Finally, we show slam oriented responses to balanced openings using Stayman, Jacoby and Texas transfers and minor-suit Stayman. Our curriculum consists of six Levels, based on 1430 Roman Keycard Blackwood (RKB). Where there is a choice between some theoretical best possible result, and a slightly inferior, but consistent method, we consciously choose the more consistent, and therefore memorable, method. Parts of our treatments that differ from standard expert treatment are denoted in our books with daggers: Here's what distinguishes our RKB books from all other RKB books: * Our bidding system is completely specified in a series of numbered rules, a copy of which each Partner takes with them. Once the Partnership understands the book's rules, the rest of book (which just explains these rules and gives example auctions) is no longer needed by the Partnership; all details and exceptions are in the rules! * Rather than introducing new rules for more difficult bidding scenarios, each level builds on the rules from the previous level, presenting advanced rules that are supersets of the basic rules. The Partnership never un-learns anything, or must remember conflicting rules! * Our minor-suit RKB system, Otherwood™, has been played successfully by both novice and intermediate players. * During a minor-suit slam exploration, when we find that 2 keycards (or 1 keycard and the trump queen) are in the hands of the opponents, our Otherwood rules let us play, if we wish, in 4NT (or at worse, 5NT) avoiding a matchpoint mishap. * For consistency, and therefore memorability, we use the exact same Otherwood rules for major-suit slam exploration!

About the Author

Mike Diesel, an ACBL Gold Life Master, started learning both bridge and Roman Keycard Blackwood twenty years ago. He wins most of his points in team events and tries to avoid losing matchpoint events. Prior to retirement, he taught and researched telecommunications and computer science. He holds a patent in each field, a BS CSc from UMR-Rolla and an MS CSc from Northwestern University.

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By Mike Diesel

This Level II Book starts with a review of the Gerber convention, suggesting 1430 replies for consistency (and therefore memorability). Then, we introduce Suit Oriented Gerber to supplement Four Ace Gerber, and codify when a 4 club bid is Gerber and when it is not. Next, we review the 4NT Quantitative Ask and explain our special replies. Finally, we show slam oriented responses to balanced openings using Stayman, Jacoby and Texas transfers and minor-suit Stayman. Our curriculum consists of six Levels, based on 1430 Roman Keycard Blackwood (RKB). Where there is a choice between some theoretical best possible result, and a slightly inferior, but consistent method, we consciously choose the more consistent, and therefore memorable, method. Parts of our treatments that differ from standard expert treatment are denoted in our books with daggers: Here's what distinguishes our RKB books from all other RKB books: * Our bidding system is completely specified in a series of numbered rules, a copy of which each Partner takes with them. Once the Partnership understands the book's rules, the rest of book (which just explains these rules and gives example auctions) is no longer needed by the Partnership; all details and exceptions are in the rules! * Rather than introducing new rules for more difficult bidding scenarios, each level builds on the rules from the previous level, presenting advanced rules that are supersets of the basic rules. The Partnership never un-learns anything, or must remember conflicting rules! * Our minor-suit RKB system, Otherwood™, has been played successfully by both novice and intermediate players. * During a minor-suit slam exploration, when we find that 2 keycards (or 1 keycard and the trump queen) are in the hands of the opponents, our Otherwood rules let us play, if we wish, in 4NT (or at worse, 5NT) avoiding a matchpoint mishap. * For consistency, and therefore memorability, we use the exact same Otherwood rules for major-suit slam exploration!

About the Author

Mike Diesel, an ACBL Gold Life Master, started learning both bridge and Roman Keycard Blackwood twenty years ago. He wins most of his points in team events and tries to avoid losing matchpoint events. Prior to retirement, he taught and researched telecommunications and computer science. He holds a patent in each field, a BS CSc from UMR-Rolla and an MS CSc from Northwestern University.

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