# Roman Keycard Blackwood1430 Rev1

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```					Roman Key-Card Blackwood and 1430
Authors: Kelley K, Peg A, Sheila D, & Gary F (Rev 1)
If you play Minorwood, you really don’t have to play 1430 any longer. However, before jumping
into Minorwood, we recommend everybody playing 1430 with 4Nt.

You, the Responder:

5C = 1st Step = 1 or 4 Key-cards.
5D = 2nd Step = 3 or 0 KCs. (This is why it’s called 1430.)
5H = 3rd Step = 2 KCs without Q of Trump.
5S = 4th Step = 2 KCs with Q of Trump.
5Nt = 5th Step = Even Number of KCs with a useful Void. (With Zero KC & a Void, respond 5D,
do not bid 5Nt.)
6C = 6th Step = Odd Number of KCs with a useful Void.

Note 1: The so-called “useful Void” means it’s a side suit. If you hold a void in Pard’s Suit, that
might not be a good news.

Note 2: The ONLY difference between RKCB and 1430 is: Reverse the meanings of 5C and 5D
above.

Have we covered all you need to bid a slam?

Next step is the most troublesome for most of Bridge Players:
What do we do, aft the 6 steps above…?

IF THE PREVIOUS RESPONSE WAS 1ST OR 2ND STEP (5C OR 5D), WHICH DID NOT
FURTHER RELAY BID IS KING ASK.

IF THE PREVIOUS RESPONSE WAS 3RD OR 4TH STEP (5H OR 5S), WHICH DID ADDRESS

Let’s put this knowledge into practical usage:

A) Assume Agreed Trump was Spades:

1. Over 4Nt Ask and 5C Response (1 or 4 KC):
 (5S is Sign-off)
 (5Nt is Grand-Slam Invitation)

Note: Because 5Nt is available, hence it is assigned a specific meaning.

2. Over 4Nt Ask and 5D Response (3 or 0 KC):
 (5S is sign-off)
 (No 5Nt as Grand-Slam Invitation)

3. Over 4Nt Ask and 5H Response (2 without Q):
 (5S is sign-off)
 (No 5Nt as Grand-Slam Invitation)

4. Over 4Nt Ask and 5S Response (2 with Q):
 (Pass is sign-off)
 (No 5Nt as Grand-Slam Invitation)

Are we done with the rest we need to learn? Well, 3%...
Let’s finish up with all other agreed Trump Suits…

B) Assume Agreed Trump was Heart:

1. Over 4Nt Ask and 5C Response (1 or 4 KC):
 (5H is sign-off)
 5S is K Ask (Don’t forget to skip the Natural Trump Suit)
 (5Nt is Grand-Slam Invitation)

Note: Because 5Nt is available, hence it is assigned a specific meaning.

2. Over 4Nt Ask and 5D Response (3 or 0 KC):
 (5H is sign-off)
 (No 5Nt as Grand-Slam Invitation)

3. Over 4Nt Ask and 5H Response (2 without Q):
 (Pass is sign-off)
 (5Nt is Grand-Slam Invitation)
Note: Because 5Nt is available, hence it is assigned a specific meaning.

4. Over 4Nt Ask and 5S Response (2 with Q):
 (No 5Nt as Grand-Slam Invitation)

Pls don’t give up. Only 2 more to go…

C) Assume Agreed Trump was Dia:

Please be careful when Agreed Trump is a Minor Suit. Quite sometimes, the 4Nt Asker wants to
sign off at 5Nt. In other words, both 5 of a Minor and 5Nt are Sign-Offs.

1. Over 4Nt Ask and 5C Response (1 or 4 KC):
 (5D is sign-off)
 5H is Q Ask (Don’t forget to skip the Natural Trump Suit)
 (5Nt is sign-off Natural. 4Nt-Asker wants to play 5Nt, instead of 5D.)
 (No 5Nt as Grand-Slam Invitation)

2. Over 4Nt Ask and 5D Response (3 or 0 KC):
 (Pass is sign-off)
 (5Nt is sign-off Natural. 4Nt-Asker wants to play 5Nt, instead of 5D.)
 (No 5Nt as Grand-Slam Invitation)

3. Over 4Nt Ask and 5H Response (2 without Q):
 (5Nt is sign-off Natural. 4Nt-Asker wants to play 5Nt, instead of 6D.)
 (No 5Nt as Grand-Slam Invitation)
 6D is sign-off, whether you have gone over-board, or not. Your Pard’s 5H response has
forced you to sign off at 6D…

Note: This is why you should play Minorwood, covered in a separate Article.

4. Over 4Nt Ask and 5S Response (2 with Q):
 (5Nt is sign-off Natural. 4Nt-Asker wants to play 5Nt, instead of 6D.)
 (No 5Nt as Grand-Slam Invitation)
 6D is sign-off, whether you have gone over-board, or not. Your Pard’s 5S response has
forced you to sign off at 6D…
Note: This is why you should play Minorwood, covered in a separate Article.

Are you getting sick and tired of it…? Hang in there. Only 1 more to go…

D) Assume Agreed Trump was Club:

1. Over 4Nt Ask and 5C Response (1 or 4 KC):
 (Pass is sign-off)
 5D is Q Ask (Don’t forget to skip the Natural Trump Suit)
 (5S is requesting Responder to bid 5Nt)
 (If 4Nt-Asker wants to play 5Nt, instead of 5C or 6C, he should bid 5S…)
 (5Nt is Grand-Slam invitation)

Note 1: Now you know why you are playing 1430 – Most of the time, your Pard would hold
one Key-card, hence respond 5C, which allows you to Pass 5C, without going over-board…

Note 2: This one is super special: Since the agreed Trump Suit is Club (economical), and
Pass is available as one of the available Steps, hence this left 2 more Bids available (5S & 5Nt)…

Note 3: If your Pard has a good brain (and good memory), then you can manipulate your
System in the following fashion:
3a. If you want to play 5Nt, then you will bid 5S, which requests your Pard to relay to
5Nt. Then you can pass 5Nt.
3b. If you want to invite for Grand Slam, then you will Bid 5Nt directly.
3c. However, you should not count on it. Most of your Pards would forget, and might
Pass your 5Nt. Therefore, you might be better off just Bid 6C or 7C directly (and keep your
fingers crossed)…

2. Over 4Nt Ask and 5D Response (3 or 0 KC):
 (5Nt is sign-off Natural. 4Nt-Asker wants to play 5Nt, instead of 6C.)
 6C is sign-off, whether you have gone over-board, or not. Your Pard’s 5D response has
forced you to sign off at 6C…

Note: This is why you should play Minorwood, covered in a separate Article.

3. Over 4Nt Ask and 5H Response (2 without Q):
 5Nt is natural, to play…!!! 4Nt-Asker wants to play 5Nt, instead of 6C.
 (No 5Nt as Grand-Slam Invitation)
 Note: Grand-slam Force is done by jumping directly to 5Nt last time, rather than
bidding 4Nt.
 6C is sign-off. Your Pard’s 5H response has forced you to sign off at 6C…

4. Over 4Nt Ask and 5S Response (2 with Q):
 Note: Grand-slam Force is done by jumping directly to 5Nt last time, rather than
bidding 4Nt.
 (No 5Nt as Grand-Slam Invitation)
 6C is sign-off. Your Pard’s 5S response has forced you to sign off at 6C…

Note AA: Based on C.3 & C.4 (plus D.2, D.3, and D.4) above, now you know: You do not always
make Relay Bids to ask for Q or K. Quite some times, the Q-Ask or K-Ask will force you to 6-
level any way.

Note BB: Now you know: You do not ask for Q or K, UNLESS YOU ARE INVESTIGATING
GRAND SLAM.

Note CC: Next Chapter will allow us to go over with Responses to “Q-Ask” and “K-Ask”. ONLY
after you have mastered Responses to Q- & K-Asks, THEN AND ONLY THEN you can claim
that you know RKCB and 1430…

Best of lucks to your Bridge endeavors!
It’s challenging, rewarding. And it makes you proud of yourself…

Rev 0: Christmas Eve, 2010
Rev 1: Jan 23, 2011

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