System Summary Form, 2015 USBC

Team: Strul Last Updated Mar 28, 2008 at 19:59
Players: Chip Martel - Lew Stansby

Bids that Require Advance Preparation

1D-2H is either a Strong Jump Shift in hearts or an invitational balanced hand with 4-5 clubs

(1NT strong)-2D = Major one-suiter

3NT = Preempt in a minor

4C,4D = Good 4H/4S opening

(1M)-Overcall-(any)-cheapest jump = Mixed raise

General Bidding Style

5 card Majors, 12-14 NT (except 15-17 3rd seat, VUL), may have 11 NV.
2/1 almost forcing to game
We open unbalanced hands with 11 or possibly 10 HCP
May respond with a very weak hand
NV preempts may be quite light.
Wide range preempts if partner is a PH

Opening Leads

Vs suits: 4th best, but may lead high from 3 small in partner's raised suit or if partner can infer we have length. K from AK.

Vs NT: Attitude spot card leads, A from AK.

Vs Both: In the middle of the hand, 10/9 may be zero or 2 higher

Defensive Signals

Upside Down Attitude and Count.
Signalling priority is Attitude, Count, Suit Preference.
We give frequent suit preference including in the trump suit.

Smith vs NT: High cards in declarer's first suit encourage the opening lead suit (suit preference if attitude to opening lead suit is known).