System Summary Form (SSF), 2016 USBC

Team: Fleisher Last Updated Apr 20, 2016 at 18:11
Players: Ishmael DelMonte - Chris Willenken

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

Transfer Responses to 1C opening: 1D response = H, 1H response = S, 1S response usually denies a major unless Game Forcing with 6D and a 4 card Major.

Opener accepts transfer to major with 2-3 (4) of major and usually a weak no-trump type hand. If opener rebids 1N it shows 17/18-19 bal

2D opening is (10)11-15 with 5+ hearts and 4 spades.

2H/S are weak two bids. 5 cards suits are possible not vul but never vul.

In competition:

We play transfers in competition after most 1 level (X)

1C (X) XX = D, 1D = H, 1H = S 1S =NT

General Bidding Style

5 card majors, semi-forcing NT.1NT Opening 14+-17 We usually open 12 pt vul and 11 point hands (NV), could be slightly lighter if unbalanced. 1D opening is almost always 5 and almost always unbalanced.
1C opened on almost all balanced opening bids without 5M although a 5332 with any 5 card suit could be opened 1C but it is not systemic.

4 card majors are possible in 3rd and 4th.

Transfer Responses to 1C opening.

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

Vs. suits = 3rd and 5th, standard honors (K from AK).
4th best from interest in unbid suit.
Vs. NT = 4th best (may lead 2nd highest with bad holding from 4 or even highest from 3 small).
*Low from a doubleton
King is strong lead vs NT
Later in hand we could lead attitude or count depending on situation and it would be contract dependent. Attitude switches vs NT. Same vs suits but might try and give count, 3rd and 5th

Defensive Signals

Upside down signals.

Attitude first, then either suit preference or count depending on situation.

We often give suit preference in trumps.

We will usually give suit preference if a singleton is in dummy and partner is winning the trick.

Reverse Smith echo by both hands if applicable otherwise suit preference.