System Summary Form (SSF), 2018 USBC

Team: Molson Last Updated Apr 27, 2018 at 05:00
Players: Sylvia Shi - Beth Palmer

Bids that Require Advance Preparation

2D Multi = Weak Two bid in a major (3-9 pts, 5-card-suit OK)
2D over 1NT = Major 1-suiter
2H = Hearts + Spades, 3-9
2S = Spades + minor, 3-9
1m, P, 2H = Mixed Raise or Bal Inv
1m, P, 2S = Clubs invitational
Transfer Responses over 1-Major, Double
Transfer Responses over (1x) 1Major (Double)

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 7+ HCP. 2-level sounder.
1M, P, 2C = GF, NAT or BAL (Doubleton Club only if (43)42 with 3-card support for major.)
Usually open 1C with 3-3 or 4-5 in minors.
Usually open 1D with 4-4 in minors.
1-Minor DENIES a 5-card Major.
1NT could have 5-card Major (common) or 6-card minor.
Preempts: wide range (could be good or bad)
3rd seat openers and preempts could be light.

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, or major after partner's T/O double.
vs NT: Rusinow and A-AKx in 4+ card suits. (K is power lead.) May lead 0/2 during hand.
vs NT: Top of seq from 3 or shorter suit, and in partner's 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-AKx (except 5+ level, or partner's suit, or raised suit.)
Spot leads normally attitude during hand (rarely low=odd, high=even for count)
Leading highest spot for ruff may warn about overruff.
In defensive ruffing-finesse situation, Q and Ten defined as "high", J and Nine defined as "low", for suit preference.

Defensive Signals

Upside Down Count and Attitude Signals.
Signaling priority normally: Attitude, Count, Suit-Pref (may vary with logic).
Count in partner's suit if dummy wins trick-1 vs NT.
Suit preference with singleton in Dummy.
Occasional suit-pref in trumps.
Smith Echo vs NT (high discourages opening lead suit), except in obvious count situation.