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Control - Artificial bids used to inquire or show attributes of one's holdings:

Slam oriented control approaches:
 

1.

The ability to restrict opponents from immediately taking tricks in a their long suit, particularly when bidding Slam.  Aces are considered first rounds of control, with Kings counted as a second round of control.  In situations such as cuebidding controls after trump is identified, voids may be counted as first round controls and Kings second round controls.  Also see Italian Cuebidding

Cuebidding Controls, Part 1 - Slam Bidding

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2.

The Ace-King control count system enjoys popularity in various conventions:
 

Ace

2 controls

King

1 control

3.

Another control point count system uses steps:
 

First

0-3 points

Second

4-6 points

Third

7-9 points

Fourth

10-12 points

4.

Yet another control system counts each Ace or King as a control with step responses:
 

First

0-1 control

Second

2 controls

Third

3 controls: Ace & King

Fourth

3 controls: 3 Kings

Fifth

4 controls

Sixth

5, etc...

5.

Advanced methods associated with the Precision system make use of several control-showing bidding structures.  See Alpha Cuebid , Beta Cuebid, Trump Asking Bid, Control Asking Bid, Suit Asking Bid, Delta Asking Bid

Other suit control approaches:
 

1.

A stopper in a given suit

2.

Having sufficient length in trump to ensure opponents' cannot take additional tricks in side suits

For more information, see Cuebids and Expected Controls

Also see books on Slam and other slam conventions: 1430, Baby Blackwood, Blackwood, Controls, Exclusion Blackwood/Voidwood, Gerber, Grand Slam Force, Jacoby 2 Notrump, Key Card Blackwood, Kickback, Last Train,  NAMYATS, Pick a Slam, Quantitative Notrump Bid, Rolling Blackwood, Serious 3 Notrump, Slam Try - Stayman, Splinters, Opener Jump Shift, Strong Jump Shift, and legacy treatments as Roman Asking Bids, Roman BlackwoodRoman Gerber.  Slam treatments also include interference of an overcall by opponents, as Negative Slam Double, DOPI, DEPO, ROPI.

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