System Summary Form, 2016 Senior USBC

Team: Pollack Last Updated Jun 2, 2016 at 01:56
Players: Mark Feldman - Peter Friedland

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

1C Opening: (i)Transfer Responses to 1C with 1S by UPH an artificial GF (ii) 1C - 2H = NT inv w/o 4-card M,
(iii) 1C - 2S = Inv values, at least (5-4) in minors
1D Opening by UPH: (i) 1NT is an artificial GF, (ii) May rarely respond 1H by UPH with 3-3-3-4 or 3-3-2-5 with 6 - 10 HCP, (iii) 2C is NF
1 Major opening: (A) all positions: (i) Kaplan interchange, 1H - 1S is like a forcing NT with 2C rebid artificial.(ii) 1S - 1NT - 2C = artificial but may have Cs. (B) If UPH, 2C = Art GF, 2M-1 = Constructive raise, 2D = H's (usually) less than GF values.
Multi 2D, 2!M = (9) 10 - 13 HCP with 5M and 4 or 5 m

General Bidding Style

(i) With balanced hands w/o 5-card M, will open 1C more often than not, especially so if NV
(ii) 1D promise 4+. In 1st, 2nd seat usually unbalanced or semi-balanced (primary exception is 3=3=5=2 w/o values for 1NT).
Will often open 1D with 4D - 5C, but may pass with marginal values
(iii) NT range: 14 1/2 to 17- 1st, 2nd, 3rd NV. Slightly more, Vul 1st and 2nd. Full 15 - 17 4th and 3rd V (but not religious with 4321 cnt)

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

Opening leads: Rusinow vs suit unless partner first showed length.
Also Rusinow vs NT, but additionally only if 4 or longer. K (except partner's suit) asks for count or unblock.

Defensive Signals

Standard count and attitude. Smith echo, otherwise a moderate amount of suit preference vs suit and NT on declarer's leads.
Tend to lead attitude in middle of the hand. If count needed, will still lead 3rd/low.
Discouraging at trick 1 vs suit, will normally indicate willingness for the "obvious shift".