System Summary Form (SSF), 2016 Mixed USBC

Team: Mahaffey Last Updated Jul 10, 2016 at 12:17
Players: Matthew Granovetter - Pam Granovetter

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

1C opening strong, usually 17 bal, 16 unbal
1D opening maybe short (0)
1D-pass-1H sometimes fewer than 4 cards if no major and less than game forcing values
Kaplan Inversion: 1S responses to 1H=forcing NT (may include 4 spades) and 1NT response to 1H=5+ spades
2NT opening 16+ with five hearts and a five card minor
One under response to 1M opening is a good raise in the M.

General Bidding Style

Normal strength opening bids
1M opening never 5332, so 1NT opening (14+-16 usually) may be opened with a 13 point hand with 5M
1D may be short as zero
two bids natural (2C=11-15)
2D, 2H, 2S 5-11

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

vs. suits, fourth best, ace from AK, MUD from three cards
vs. NT, ace from AK, jack denies and ten implies higher honor, fourth best

Defensive Signals

Obvious shift (Low card discourages the suit led and encourages the obvious shift, or high card encourages the suit led and discourages the obvious shift. The obvious shift vs a suit contract is a bid suit by us or a three-card side suit in dummy; if no 3-card suit, a 4-card suit
VS. NT we give count if dummy wins the trick with the jack or lower, or queen-jack.