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RKC Minorwood

RKC Minorwood is a bridge convention which looks for all the keycards in a minor suit at a lower level that the normal 4NT RKCB

If you play inverted minors for example then the sequences will fit into this system:

1♣-2♣-4♣

So here 4♣ is RKC minorwood and the responses are:-

  • 4 – 1/4 Keycards
  • 4 – 0/3 Keycards
  • 4♠ – 2 Keycards
  • 4NT – 2Keycards + Queen of clubs

A Next suit bid up would ask for the Queen of clubs.

A 4NT bid would be a sign off and a 5 would be the specific king ask…where the response are to cue bid your kings or bid the king you haven’t got if you have 2 kings.

The 5NT bid would show the king of diamonds or the other two kings.

1-2-4

So here 4 is RKC minorwood

  • 4 – 1/4 Keycards
  • 4♠ – 0/3 Keycards
  • 4NT – 2 Keycards
  • 5♣ – 2Keycards + Queen of diamonds

A Next suit bid up would ask for the Queen of trumps

A 4NT bid would be a sign off and a 5 would be the specific king ask…where the response are to cue bid your kings or bid the king you haven’t got if you have 2 kings.

The 5NT bid would show the king of hearts or the other two kings.

So a 5♠ bid would show the king of spades or the other two kings.

Inverted Minors

Again this is another bridge convention that people play in different ways…so you really need to make sure that you and your partner are playing it the same way before you agree to play inverted minors.

This version i’m going to describe I play with a prepared club (might only be a 2 card suit) and a 5 card diamond suit (unbalanced) with a strong NT.

So the whole point of inverted minors are that the 2♣ and 2 bid replace the 3♣ and 3 bids in normal Acol. In simplistic terms at least. However there is more complexity to it than that….

Let’s start with 1♣ – 2♣

This shows 10+ points, a 5 card club suit and is forcing to 2NT or 3♣.

  • 2 = 15+ points or natural diamonds
  • 2 = A heart stop, and possibly no spade stop or getting ready to show a 5 card suit.
  • 2♠ = A spade stop, and possibly no heart stop or getting ready to show a 5 card spade suit.
  • 2NT – stops in both major less that 15 points
  • 3♣ = I’ve got Clubs and a weak hand.
  • 3//♠ = Splinters
  • 3NT = 18/19 points
  • 4♣ = RKC Minorwood

1 – 2

This shows 10+ points, a 4 card diamond suit and is forcing to 2NT or 3.

  • 2 = A heart stop, and possibly no spade stop or getting ready to show a 5 card suit.
  • 2♠ = A spade stop, and possibly no heart stop or getting ready to show a 5 card spade suit.
  • 2NT – stops in both major less that 15 points
  • 3♣ = 15+ points or natural clubs
  • 3 = Minimum hand with diamonds
  • 3 /♠ = Splinters
  • 3NT = 18/19 points
  • 4♣ = Splinter
  • 4 = RKC Minorwood

1 Minor – 3 Minor

This is now straightforward – 5-9 points and shows a 5 card club suit and a 4+ card diamond support

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