System Summary Form, 2014 USBC

Team: Strul Last Updated Apr 3, 2008 at 17:09
Players: Michael Becker - Aubrey Strul

Bids that Require Advance Preparation

(1any) 1M (Neg X): 1N thru 2 under TRF, TRF to Oís suit is 3 trump limit raise.
1M (X): 1N thru 2 under our M TRF. One under in both Artif. 7-9 raise.
Vs Str NT or WK NT by PH: 2C = C+H, 2D = D+H, 2M NAT, X = S + Another suit
Vs Wk NT UPH*: PEN X, Landy, 2 Red TRF, 2S = S + long m, 2N = H + Long m.
*We play our WK NT defense vs STR NT if you advise that you have psyched 1NT at favorable vul

General Bidding Style

Usually 5 card Majors (1N Resp Semi-F, 5-11). 1NT 15-17 (often with 5 card major, rarely 5422 or SING. 5% of 14 HCP opened 1NT)
2/1 Forcing to game (2C suspect length)
3 under INV.
3rd hand may be light, esp at Fav Vul.
Mike opens most bal hands with 12 HCP and some unbal hands with 11 HCP, Aubrey a fraction lighter than Mike.
Overall, Aubrey slightly more aggressive than Mike

Opening Leads

Vs Suit: 3rd from even, low odd, but lead high from 4 small after raising partnerís suit.
A from AK vs partscores.
Std. honor leads.
Vs. NT: 4th best, but often lead high or second high from bad 4 card suits.
Usually low from xxx in partnerís suit.
King asks count or unblock; Ace or Queen asks attitude; Other honors std.
Occ lead incorrect honor or spot.

Defensive Signals

Upside Down Attitude; Std. Count and Suit Pref
Odd/even first discard.
Signaling priority: Attitude, Count, Suit Preference, but give whatís needed most. Often give suit preference in the trump suit or side suit.
Count when K led vs games or when Q stopped in dummy.
Smith Echo by both.
2nd hand honor splitting 0 or 2.
Also lead 0-2 higher in middle of hand