System Summary Form, 2018 USBC

Team: Lewis Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 00:40
Players: Paul Lewis - Linda Lewis

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

Gambling 3NT, no outside A or K in 1st & 2nd seat

Flannery 2D, 4-5 usually but can be 4-6

1S-1NT-3C=Ss&Cs or 5+S & 4H or Ss 8+ tricks

1C-1D may be 3-3-3-4 or 3-3-2-5 in hand too weak to respond to strong NT

Takeout Xs vs opening strong NT, 2 or 3 suiter but not both majors if 2 suiter. 2C=Ds or majors, 2D=1 major,2H=5+H/4+minor.2S=5+S/4+minor vs all opening NTs.

Transfers after 1M-X, either natural or lead directing. If responder is passed hand, transfer back to major is 3 card drury.

General Bidding Style

2/1 Game forcing, 5 card majors, 12-14 NT except 14+-17 in 3rd seat-may have weak 5 card major, 1D=4+, 1C may be 4-4-3-2. 1m-any-1M is unbalanced. With 4-4/5 in minors, choice of opening bid depends on opener's planned rebid (1D is more common). Distributional hands may be opened with 10-11 HCP. Third seat opening may be lead directional with very light hand.
Weak two bids may be good 5 card suit NV, we avoid weak suits in minimal hands.
Preempts are according to vulnerabilty, two suiters are allowed including 4 card major.
We bypass 1D after 1C with non game forcing hands.
1NT/1M is forcing by unpassed hand and may include a weak raise.

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

3rd/5th vs suits, 4th vs NT except high or second high from poor suits when leader can stand shift. Rusinow leads vs NT. K vs NT asks unblock/count, A&Q ask attitude. 10 after opening lead vs NT=higher honor/s or shortness. Leads after opening leads are usually attitude vs all contracts.

Defensive Signals

Upside down count and attitude, standard suit preference. Current count after opening lead. Signal priority is attitude, then suit preference, then count. Trump suit preference