System Summary Form (SSF), 2018 USBC

Team: Nickell Last Updated Apr 1, 2018 at 16:42
Players: Eric Rodwell - Jeff Meckstroth

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

1. 2-suiter overcalls. Vs 1C, 2D = 5-5+ Majors.
1S-3C or 1S-Pass-1NT-3C = 5-5+ H and C, NF.
2. ART responses to 1C opening (16+ ART).
1D=0-7, others = ART GF. 1H=S or 11-13
BAL,1S=H (suits = 5+), 1N=C, 2C=D, 2D=8-10
BAL, 2H=14+ BAL, 3C=any SOL suit, others = 8+ w/3-suiter.
3. Responses to 1D opening: 2H=5S/4H (+), less than INV, 2S=same but INV, 3C=minors less than INV.
4. Many comp TFERS used. If to new suit, = showing that suit, or a lead-directing raise perhaps w/o 5+ cards in the transferred-to suit.
1S-X-1NT = tfer to Clubs, 2C= to D, etc.
5. Many ART raises used. 1 under at 3-level is normally a Mixed raise (7+-9 support value with 4+ trump). 2NT normally used as Major raise.

General Bidding Style

Precision (RM style). Open lighter NV as a rule.
Preempts often normal but can be aggressive but not
1NT opening = 14-16, but 15-17 in 4th seat, or 3rd seat VUL.
1D=11-15 catchall but 2+D's,
5-card Majors 11-15,
2C=6+ 11-15,
2D=3-suiter short in D (can be 43 in Majors either way) 11-15.
3rd seat can be very light especially NV
Responses can be light, or passes heavy. Openings tend to be light. Preempts can be on 5 (weak 2's) or 6 (3's). General light style, and variations allowed, e.g. can open 1NT with 13 if we think it is worth 14, or 1D with stiff K of Diamonds instead of 2D, or opening with less than 11 HCP with a reason to to so.

3rd seat openings can be very light, and might be on shorter length (4-card Major, 5-card 2C opening).


Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

Vs NT: in dummy's or partner's suit, standard honor leads. Otherwise, Rusinow (K=Power) from 4+ card suits; top from 3 or less. In pard's suit, 9/10 = 0/2 higher, and 3rd best spot leads (otherwise 4th best, or hiish from weak). Other Rusinow exceptions: 6NT, 7NT, preempting or overcalling then leading a different suit.

Special leads when using Rusinow vs NT: 9 can be from A98 or J98, 10 from AQ109, Q or J from AQJ or KQJ.

Vs suits: Standard honors vs 5+ level and in pard's suit (but 9/10 = 0/2 higher in pard's suit). Opening lead always 3rd/low. Ace from AK and otherwise standard honor leads (exceptions noted above, and below when Rusinow applies).

If known to have 3+ cards in the suit led, Rusinow honor leads apply (if not pard's suit).

After Trick 1, spot leads are 4th or ATT or bridge plays. 9 or 10 = 0/2 around into Q or J in dummy. If needing to hold the lead, often lead 2nd best from non-touching card combinations.

Defensive Signals

Upsidedown Count, Attitude, and Suit Preference.
If we show the AK combination, then Trick 1 Count or ATT would be standard. Also applies if we switch to the King with the Qx(x) in dummy.

Normal style is ATT on pard's lead and CT on Declarer's lead, but we try to give the signal partner would logically be looking for. We might signal honestly or randomly; depends on who we think will benefit from it.