System Summary Form, 2018 USBC

Team: Juster Last Updated Apr 27, 2018 at 19:31
Players: Adam Wildavsky - Howard Weinstein

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

Raptor: Jump to 2M over 1m in comp or by a PH shows 4M and 4+m with mixed raise values, roughly 7-9.

1m (1H) Dbl = 4 or 5 S

1C (1D):
Dbl = 4+ H
1H = 4+ S
1S = Values with no 4-card major
1N = 5+S,4+H, less than a serious invite
2C = 4S, 4+H, less than a serious invite

Most passes over redoubles are for penalty. Exceptions: (1x) dbl (rdbl), (1x) P (1y) dbl (rdbl), support XX.
2H overcall of 1m or after 1C P 1D = Majors 5+5+ limited
3m overcall of 1m = Majors 5+5+ usually 16+ HCP

General Bidding Style

Standard American with gadgets. In first and second seats we open most but not all balanced 12 counts. We are not slaves to point-count and will use our judgment to upgrade and downgrade. Our 1N opening shows 15-17 HCP and can contain a five-card major with 15 or 16.

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

Spot card leads: 3rd from even, low from odd vs suits, 4th best from the J or T9 or better vs NT
Rusinow from 3+ card holdings vs suits.
• Partner’s suit
• Dummy’s suit
•By a preemptor in a side suit
•A from AK when planning to switch to a singleton

A from AKx(+), K for count or unblock, Rusinow from 3+ card holdings otherwise vs NT.
• Partner’s suit
• Dummy’s suit
• By a preemptor in a side suit
• K from KQ vs NT when the auction has shown a source of tricks, since we'll often lead an unsupported ace.

Middle of Hand: Spot card leads are attitude or same as opening lead. 10 or 9 shows 0 or 2 higher. Honor leads are standard.

We normally split with the lowest of two touching honors or the highest of three or more.

Defensive Signals

By default attitude (upside-down) on partner's leads and our first discard, then standard present count, but when we can figure out what partner needs to know urgently we'll attempt to give the signal that will do him the most good. We try to signal only when it will help partner more than declarer.

On honor leads vs NT other than the K tend to give attitude when dummy has two cards or fewer, count when dummy has 3 or more.