System Summary Form (SSF), 2016 Senior USBC

Team: Morse Last Updated May 17, 2016 at 14:28
Players: Bart Bramley - Lew Stansby

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

1C = 16+ unbal or 17+ bal
1D = 2+ (10)11-15
2C = 6+ clubs, (10)11-15
2D = 4414, 4405, 3415, 4315, (10)11-15
1S-2D = hearts, usually less than GF, may be very weak
Relay structure in many auctions, including 1M-2C, 1C-1S-1NT and P-1C-1M-1NT.
Transfers in many competitive situations.
Vs Strong NT (includes 15): dbl = C&H or D&S, 2C = C&S or D&H, 2D = majors
VS Weak NT (up to 14): dbl = pen, 2C = majors, 2D = 5+H, 2H = 5+S, 2S = 4S&minor(5+), 2NT = 4H&minor(5+)

General Bidding Style

Precision, 1C=16+, may upgrade with extra playing strength
1NT = 14-16 1,2,3nv, 15-17 3v,4, includes 5M often
5-card majors, 2C artif GF relay over major
1S-2H and 1H-2D = 3-card LR, 1S-2D = hearts, usually less than GF, may be very weak
1D = 2+, 1D-2m = F1
We open nearly all 11HCP, lighter with shape.

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

4th best vs. all
Standard honors vs. all (king from both AK and KQ)
Vs. NT: Ace is power lead, Q from KQ109
4th in middle of hand if we're trying to give count, but attitude leads more frequent.

Defensive Signals

Upside-down count and attitude
Standard present count
Trump suit preference
Priority is att, count, suit pref, but is highly context-dependent.
Tend to give suit pref when dummy has stiff in suit contracts.
We signal on a "need-to-know" basis.