System Summary Form, 2016 USBC

Team: Dinkin Last Updated Apr 16, 2016 at 11:36
Players: Zachary Grossack - Adam Grossack

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

2D/1NT weak opener (HCP average under 14.3) shows 1 major.
(1NT) 3rd white is considered weak.
Intermediate Jump overcalls adverse vulnerability.
some transfer and relay sequences
Better-Minor Lebensohl in some situations.
1M P 2C can be natural or any balanced hand. Could have longer or stronger D.
Some pseudo cue-bids in Comp. ie 1H (3S) 4C
Mixed Raise in Competition
Transfer advances
Transfers after 1M X

General Bidding Style

We tend to open mediocre 11 counts non-vulnerable and can open decent 11 counts vulnerable (Zach tends to open more). Occasionally, we will open 1M in 3rd (or 4th) with 4 cards, or very light.
1NT=14-17 (not all 14s, not all 17s) tend to be more aggressive with upgrading Non-Vul. May be semi-balanced.
Preempts can be 5 card suits non-vul, especially 1st/3rd. We play new suit non-forcing if non-vul over preempts. We play an aggressive, but modern preemption style.

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

Vs Suits: 3/5 vs suits, Coded 9s and 10s mid-hand or when bid and raised a suit. Ace from Ace-King except 5-level or above, if RHO is a preemptor or if leading partner's suit. Can lead Q from AKQ.
Vs NT: typically 4th best, but can lead attitude. Rusinow from 4+ card suits except King is power so Q from KQx.

Defensive Signals

UDCA, Standard Remainder Count, upside-down discards, Reverse Smith vs NT.
We signal when we feel partner will need to know what to do and try not to signal when the opponents may need the information.
Our primary signal is generally attitude; we tend to give a lot of SP; however if attitude is "Known" we give SP normally. When following, we can give SP or count.
Our default signal changes to SP if we have shown 5+ cards in the suit.
In general we play Suit Preference rather than Alarm Clock in situations where others may play alarm clock.