System Summary Form, 2016 Mixed USBC

Team: Manfield Last Updated Jul 16, 2016 at 18:13
Players: William Pettis - Melanie Manfield

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

2 D over 1NT = Major 1 suiter

General Bidding Style

5 card majors, Strong NT, 2/1 GF
We open 11 or 12 Bal, and 10-11 Unbal
May respond with very weak hand
1 level overcalls can be light
1M, P, 2C = GF, NAT or BAL
Usually open 1C with 3-3 in minors
Usually open 1D with 4-4 in minors
Use judgment with 4-5 in minors
1 NT could have 5 cd M (common) or 6 card minor (rarer)
Preempts: wide range (could be good or bad)

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

vs NT: 4th best, might lead second from bad suits
vs NT; 3rd/5th in partner's suit
vs NT: A from AKx in 3+ card suit
vs NT: Top of seq from 3 or shorter suit, and in partners suit
vs Suits: 3rd from even or 3, 5th from odd, but may lead high from nothing in partner's raised suit. "Impossible" lead could show side void, including spot lower than 5th best
vs Suits: A from AKx
Spot leads normally attitude during hand (rarely low=odd, high =even for count)

Defensive Signals

Upside down count and attitude signals
Signalling priority normally: Attitude, Count, Suit Pref (may vary with logic)
Count in partner's suit if dummy wins trick 1 vs NT with Q or lower
Suit Pref with singleton in dummy
Occasional suit-pref in trumps
Smith Echo vs NT