System Summary Form (SSF), 2016 Senior USBC


Team: Koneru Last Updated May 26, 2016 at 15:25
Players: Jerry Clerkin - Dennis Clerkin

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

After 1D opening followed by TO double we play transfer responses: redouble = 1H, 2C = 4/4 at least in the minors and simple raise values, 3C = 5/4 in the minors and competitive raise values, 2S = at least 5 spades and 4+ hearts non-invitational strength.

Suggested defense to 2S response: Double shows takeout for minors or takeout of spades, whichever you decide.

After 1D opening followed by Pass, 2S, and 3C response are the same as above.

Transfer responses to one of a major followed by TO double.

We also play transfer responses to overcalls. They are only on when there are steps between the opening suit and the overcalled suit, and the openerís partner passes or makes a negative double.

3N opener shows a 7 card minor semi-solid or solid with outside stoppers, good hand. 2D opener is precision 3 suiter short in diamonds, 10-15 HCP, can be 4/3 in the majors. Suggested defense to 2D opener D = 14-16, 2NT = 17-18, 3D natural.

General Bidding Style

Precision, 5 card majors, 1NT response semi-forcing, 2/1 forcing to game except competition, Jumps from 1 of a major to 4 of a major wide range, light opening bids, light responses, 1 level overcalls light, 2 level overcalls normal.

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

Opening leads: 3rd/5th vs Suit, 4th vs NT, High from weak 4 & 5 card holdings vs NT, High from 3 small vs suit if suit has been raised, lower of touching honors vs NT, King is our unblock card (AKJ10x, KQ109x), Ace asks for attitude, 10 or 9 = 0 or 2 higher later leads.

Leads in the middle of the hand: 10 or 9 = 0 or 2 higher; 3rd and 5th at NT.

Defensive Signals

Standard carding. Signaling priority is Attitude, Count, Suit Preference. Smith Echo vs NT.