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  1. Roman Keycard Blackwood: The Final Word
    Roman Keycard Blackwood: The Final Word
    Roman Keycard Blackwood: The Final Word
    Roman Keycard Blackwood: The Final Word
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  2. Roman Keycard Blackwood: The Final Word

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This is the fifth (and according to the author, the very last - but don't hold your breath!) edition of what is acknowledged to be the definitive book on a convention that every serious player uses. Completely revised and updated from the previous version, this newest version contains even more leading-edge ideas, and is full of examples, quizzes and practice hands. A must for the tournament player. Includes, among many other features: - Why you should play 1430 and 3014 RKB responses, and when - The extensions of RKB: the queen ask, the specific king ask, and more - How to handle voids, as asker or responder - RKB in minor-suit auctions - 60 practice hands for you to bid with your favorite partner This is the only book that explains every facet of one of the most popular conventions in modern bridge. Eddie Kantar (Santa Monica, CA) is one of the most popular and prolific bridge writers in the world. A winner of two World Championships, and a member of the Bridge Hall of Fame, his many books include Modern Bridge Defense, Advanced Bridge Defense, the hilarious Kantar on Kontract, and of course, Roman Keycard Blackwood. His work appears regularly in many bridge magazines around the world.

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Eddie Kantar
Brand: Master Point Press
6th revised and updated ed
Used Book in Good Condition
Master Point Press
Master Point Press
black & white illustrations
black & white illustrations
Master Point Press
Master Point Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The fundamental methods presented in this book are required reading for any serious partnership that wants to use Roman Keycard Blackwood, Kickback, and/or Minorwood without costly misunderstandings. Very few partnerships are on solid ground when there's a queen ask, opener wants information about kings, or when responder has a void.

If someone asks you whether you play 1430 or 3014, it's a dead giveaway that they don't really understand RKCB. Kantar explains why 1430 and 3014 responses exist and how to use them both according to rules that are based on logic and not difficult to remember.

Some players dislike the book because Kantar goes into an extraordinary level of detail about specific auctions and difficult situations, in which there's a point of diminishing returns. Less serious players can skip the esoterica and choose the level of detail appropriate to their own partnerships. When making those decisions, the use of highlight pens is strongly recommended.
In the Introduction, Eddie asks and answers the question: How can you best use this book? His answer: If you don't have a regular partner, you can't; don't even try.

I would add that if you and partner are not willing to take considerable time discussing each topic, agreeing what to include or exclude in your system and practicing your bidding until you've gotten the bugs out, then don't bother either.

That is not to say that solo reading can't be helpful. I studied the book with a regular tournament partner but also play with a number of other people in club games. Each of them know different aspects of RKC and having read through the entire book I am more comfortable adjusting to individual preferences (1430 vs. 3014 vs. using both; incorporating a basic "minorwood" RKC for the minors or Exclusion Blackwood.) So for the curious, feel free to read it cover to cover, but I honestly think without a dedicated partner you can spend your time more fruitfully... Read more
It was a somewhat interesting read, but of little practical use, beyond the basics (key cards, queen ask and specific kings) for my partner and I. We play precision with lot's of bells and whistles, including Roman key card, so we are not put off by complexity. But the nuances this book provides won't come up often enough to merit the time we'd have to invest. And the idea of playing both 1430 and 3014, depending upon the preceding auction, put me off from page one. I was able to force myself to finish the book, but I can't recommend it to anyone but the most serious players.
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