Kickback is a keycard asking bid which tries to keep the bidding lower, especially useful when the trump suit is a minor suit.
In short instead of using 4NT as the RKB asking bid you use the suit above the agreed suit.
|Trumps||Keycard Ask||Step1 (1/4)||Step2 (0/3)||Step3 (2)||Step4 (2+Q)|
Playing kickback you can play 3041 if you prefer which will swap steps 1 and 2 around.
What is the king ask
Assuming you are responding with specific kings…that is you respond 6♣ to show the king of clubs or it shows 2 non touching kings…
The basic rules are:-
- The king asking suit is a cue-bid of 5 of the next higher strain after the trump suit…so 5NT would still be a king ask when spades are trumps.
- The negative response would be to bid 6 of the trump suit
- The three kings response would be to bid 6 of the asking suit
- The cheapest specific king – simply cue bid the king you have or paradox kings and bypassing a bid then denies that king
- 5NT response now shows the king of the asking suit
Asking for a 2nd King
- The secondary ask – A secondary ask you bid the next strain up
- The negative response showing no additional kings is simply to bid 6 of the trump suit
- The positive response is to bid 6 of the asking suit to show that king or 6NT if the response pushes to the 7 level
- The 3rd round control ask positive would then be to bid 7NT
The queen ask is only employed after a 1st or 2nd step response to the ask.
- To deny the trump queen simply bid 5 of the trump suit.
- To show the trump queen bid 6 of the agreed trump suit with no kings
- Bid 6 of the asking suit to show all three kings and the trump queen
- Cue bid a king to show that king and the trump queen…again paradox kings apply