System Summary Form, 2019 USBC


Team: Reynolds Last Updated Apr 24, 2019 at 17:33
Players: W. Thomas Reynolds - Lance Kerr

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

One Club
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1C is 11-14HCP 0+ Clubs. The hand may contain any shape including a 5 card major but does NOT contain a 6 card suit except 6S-4H.

After 1C, 1D is artificial and MAY be a GF. It is the only GF. However, 1D may also be used for hands that do not want to respond to 1NT or for a Diamond signoff. A rebid by responder of Diamonds or NT identifies the NF hand.

A response to 1C of 1H, 1S and 1NT (1NT=4M-4M) is NF. Pass, 1D, 1H and 1S may be 0HCP. A pass implies some clubs but may be only 0-3HCP without clubs. 1C-1M-1N-2C is a puppet.

Responding 2C or 2D to 1C is natural INV NF.

After 1C a direct jump to 2H or 2S is 3-9HCP 6 card suit NF

Interference after 1C
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After interference of 1H or higher through 2S we use transfers with 1NT a weak club transfer and the excluded transfer a stronger club transfer. 2S shows a balanced hand GF. Between 2C and 2H x is a transfer. 1C-1H/S x =cards. X of 2S is a balanced GF. Above 2S interference transfers end.

1NT
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14-15HCP. Stayman and Jacoby 1NT-2D-2H-2S is a puppet and handles all 5-5 hands. 4 suit transfers. After Stayman 2NT is a slam try asking openers shape.

One Diamond
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1D 15+ forcing and artificial. Responses: 1H 6-9HCP or 14+HCP, 1S 0-5HCP, 1NT and above are GF and artificial 10-13HCP (Symmetric Relay). A response of 1NT shows Spades, 2C shows Hearts, 2D is balanced, 2H is Clubs, 2S is Diamonds, 2NT is 3 suiter short major, 3C is 5m-5m 3D and above are Clubs with longer Diamonds. After 1N (spades) and 2C (hearts) Responder may have a second suit which may be longer.

After 1D-1H (6-9HCP), 1S is a GF relay. With 14+HCP responder goes past the end of the relay.

Interference after 1D
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After direct interference (except 1D-x) responder uses transfer responses. Between 1N and 2H including X is a transfer. 2S is an artificial GF. Commencing with 2NT all bids on the 3 level are transfers. 1D-1H/1S-X = cards

After 1D-X-1H and 1S are flip-flop (other major) 6-9HCP. XX is 6-9HCP no 5-card major. Pass is 0-5HCP. 1N and above retain their original meaning

After indirect interference when responder has made a GF bid of 1NT (Spades) or 2C (Hearts) opener can continue the relay with the lowest call (pass). Double is a support double.

Indirect interference after a 2D or above response results in normal, non-relay bidding.



One Heart and One spade (1st and 2nd seat)
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1H and 1S opening bids are 8-11HCP and at least 4 cards in the suit. 1S contains 0-3 Hearts. The hand may contain a longer suit.

1NT, 1H-2S and 1S-2NT and above are the only force after a 1H or 1S opening.

1H-2S and 1S-2NT are GF Above are shape showing raises (splinters) INV+.

New suits are NF.

1H-2H or 1S-2S shows 3+ card raise NON-INV.

A 1NT response to 1H or 1S can be game forcing, invitational or drop dead. If responder's second bid is the next suit (other than NT or opener's major) it is GF. Exception: 1S-1N-2H shows 5S no side suit. 1S-1N-2S shows 4 card side suit. 2NT is the relay 3C is pass or correct.

One No Trump (14-15HCP)
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All 5-5 responding 5-5 hands start with 2D and use a 2S puppet to describe.

After a major transfer other than a puppet to 2S, bids are shape showing including a 2NT rebid.

All bids of 2S through 3S are artificial and shape showing.

After 1NT-2C (Stayman)-2X, 2NT is a balanced slam try

Two Clubs, 2 Diamonds, 2 Hearts, 2 Spades (exc 3rd seat)
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10-14HCP 6 card suit. Over 2C transfer responses of 2D, 2H. 2S forcing. Over 2D, 2H=S, 2S=H. Over 2H and 2S next call is a shape showing asking bid, shortness first.



2NT 5-5 or better minors preemptive (not an opening bid)
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3rd and 4th seat
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In 3rd seat 2H and 2s are weak 3-10HCP. In 3rd and 4th seat 1H/1S are 10-14HCP 5 card suits

Defensive Bidding
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Normal Mike Lawrence style.

After a Precision 1D, A jump overcall on the 2 Level is 10-14HCP, 6 card suit. A 1NT overcall is 14-16HCP if your 1NT is 14-16 or 13-15. Major overcall may be 4 card suit

Over a Precision 1C, X shows hearts, 1D shows spades. 1H, 1S, 1NT are crash. 2 level are 6 card suits

Ove all 1NT openings we use a version of Suction in direct and pass out seat. 1N-x=Clubs or Diamonds and Hearts or Hearts (5) and spades or Spades and Clubs. 1NT-2C=Diamonds or Hearts-Spades (5) or Spades+ Diamonds. 1NT-2H=one major. 1NT-2H=Hearts and Clubs, 1NT-2S=Power. Exception: Against 10-12HCP NW we use Woolsey in pass out (X=penalty, 2C = majors 2D=1 major, 2H/S= M+m

General Bidding Style

1H and 1S are very light and limited (8-11HCP)

The 2 level show 10-14HCP, 6 card suits. We may upgrade a 9HCP hand with 6-4 distribution.

We may upgrade a 5-4-3-1 11HCP hand containing a 5 card major from 1H or 1S to 1C. However we do not upgrade a balanced 10HCP hand to open 1C. We either open 1H or 1S with a 4 card major or pass.

We do not upgrade a 1H or 1S opener unless it meets the rule of 17.


3rd and 4th
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1H and 1S are 8-14HCP. 2C=Drury. 1C-1D natural No other changes

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

On opening lead we lead A from AK. J denies 10 promises. 3rd and 5t vs suits. 4th vs NT.

UDCA on lead of A or K. Obvious shift out of the book.

Otherwise standard

Defensive Signals

Philosophy is suit preference. Normal carding except as noted.