System Summary Form, 2017 MSJUSBC

Team: Dhir Last Updated Dec 3, 2017 at 20:35
Players: Gregory Herman - Burke Snowden

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

1C-2D: 4+ S, 5+ H, 1m-2H: 5+ H, 4+ S, 1m-2S: 5+ S, 4+ H, INV

Very light preempting style and 3rd seat openings at favorable vulnerability.

General Bidding Style

Light opening style with both unbalanced and balanced hands.
1NT opening 14-(17-), 5-card major, 6-card minor, (5422) OK. Occasional upgrades, generally with good 5-card major; downgrades rare.
Light-to-moderate overcalling style. 4-card overcalls possible but infrequent.
Very light opening style in 3rd, especially NV. 4-card majors OK.
Light to wispy preempting style.

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

Vs. Suits:
Honor leads: Top of honor sequence (A from AK, except from AK tight and 5-level). Length leads are 3rd from an even number, low from an odd number of cards.

Vs. NT:
Honor leads: K lead asks for Unblock or Count, A and Q asks for Attitude. Otherwise mostly top of honor sequences, though Q may be from KQ if unblock is not desired.
Length leads: Typically 4th best, except generally second highest from weak holdings.

Leads in the middle of the hand are typically attitude (low = encouraging). K asks for count in the middle of the hand.

Defensive Signals

Upside Down Count and Attitude, Standard Suit Preference and Present Count. Reverse Smith Echo vs. NT (lo-hi = ENC). Some suit preference in trumps.
Priority usually Attitude, then Count, then Suit Preference.
Signal often, but not always. Playing an ambiguous card to indicate uncertainty is acceptable.

As third hand, take time at trick one, whether we have a problem on that trick or not.