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Cue-Bidding to Slams (Master Bridge Series) Paperback – June 1, 2001


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  • Series: Master Bridge Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304357685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304357680
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,915,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Klinger is a leading bridge teacher with an international record as a player. He is an Australian Grand Master and a World Bridge Federation International Master.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Einhorn on March 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Cue Bidding is very important in slam bidding. Many intermediate level players and below only use Blackwood and they are missing out on an important technique.

The author explains how to use cue bidding and gives many examples of both reaching good slams with a lot fewer than 33 points or staying out of bad slams despite holding 33+ points (not necessarily HCP).

In addition to standard cue bidding (first round controls) teh author presents some other techniques such as mixed cues (1st and 2nd round) and multi cues and denial cue bidding.

The only knock I have against some of Klingers books are he presents conventions that are not standard, and perhaps not as good as others. For example, he presents SCROLL, a method used by Australian Expert Tom Seres. Who uses that convention? No one. But overall, this is a great book.

(Klinger also has a great 4 volume set of books Card Play Made Easy on Declarer play technique)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Very good book on very difficult subject. It explains in details cue bidding and RKC Blackwood techniques for slam bidding. You will also find fully explained examples on every chapter. For my partnership this book has done a lot. One star is missing because there is no system proposition to adopt in partnership.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elliott S. Hoffman on May 24, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A fine book - well written - very instructional and you will use the info immediately.
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By David Oakley on August 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
Klinger’s book is very readable with ample examples. He describes the basic principles of cue bidding but his approach is somewhat old-fashioned. He initially cue-bids only first round controls, followed later by second round controls. The leads to some rather messy 5NT ask auctions, to find the number of missing trump honors.

He does briefly mention multi-cues on page 88. This is the current approach, where either first or second round controls are bid below game, to show extras. Roman Key Card Blackwood is essential with this approach and Klinger explains this. Of course, the 5NT trump-ask is unnecessary now.

Klinger does explain some very important non-cue inferences. The book is well written and is a great basis for expert bidding. When do we get the second edition?
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