System Summary Form, 2018 USBC

Team: Harris Last Updated Apr 12, 2018 at 23:22
Players: Miriam Harris-Botzum - John Botzum

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

Kaplan Inversion:
1H-P-1S shows 0-13 HCP, fewer than 4 H, and fewer than 5 S unless responder is has 3 H and less than 9 HCP. Forcing for one round/

1H-P-1NT shows 5+ S, 0-30 HCP, forcing for one round.

2D opening shows 4-5, 4-6, or 5-6 in S-H respectively, and 10 - 16 HCP.

3NT opening is a 4-level preempt in a minor.

Transfer advances to overcalls. If the opponents make a natural (3+) 1-level opening bid, or a possibly short but non-forcing 1C or 1D opening, and we overcall in direct seat, all bids from 2 of opener's suit until one below the overcalled suit are transfer. The transfer into overcaller's suit is a limit raise or better; transfers to a new suit may be weak, invitational, or forcing, and promise 5+ length in the new suit. Example: 1C-1S-P-2D, the 2D bid shows 5+ H, any strength. Also on if available when responder bids, raises, or makes a negative double.

Transfer overcalls also apply over natural 2-level openings and direct overcalls (transfers starting at 3 of opener's suit).

Multi-Landy over strong 1NT openings.
1NT-X shows one of three hands: (1) a 4-card major and a 5+-card minor, (2) a 6+-card minor, or (3) 18+ HCP, many possible shapes.
1NT-2C shows both H and S, at least 4-5 or 5-4.
1NT-2D shows either H or S, 6+ length
1NT-2H shows 5+ H and a 4+ minor.
1NT-2S shows 5+ S and a 4+ minor.

General Bidding Style

Mildly light openings (balanced 11, unbalanced 10 if not flawed). 2/1 game forcing responses. 1NT opening 14 - 17, 2NT opening 20-21. Major suit openings promise 5 or more in the suit, minor suit openings promise 3 or more in the suit. Occasional 4-card majors in 3rd or 4th position.

Extended Flannery 2D opening (see above).
2H, 2S are natural, 5 - 10 HCP, usually 6 cards (5 possible non-vulnerable, or in 3rd seat).

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

Spot card leads against suits: 3rd/low, MUD from bad holdings.

Spot card leads against NT: Attitude (low = want continued).

Honor leads (suit and NT): Rusinow, i.e. second of touching honors from a sequence or interior sequence, except in partner's suit, or at the 6 and 7 levels.

Middle of hand:
Continuations based on remaining count
New suit is attitude mid-hand
Rusinow mid-hand only when leading up to an honor in dummy.

Defensive Signals

Upside down count and attitude against suits and NT. Reverse Smith Echo against NT. Suit preference in the trump suit.

Normal priority is attitude on the first card, then count. Suit preference in the trump suit, or in ruffing situations, or when a continuation seems clearly wrong or impossible.

We typically signal throughout the hand.