System Summary Form (SSF), 2019 Senior USBC

Team: Mahaffey Last Updated May 11, 2019 at 13:44
Players: Lew Stansby - Matthew Granovetter

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

1D-2H= 5S-4/5H less than INV. 1D-2S = 5S-4/5H INV
1M-2C = ART GF relay, 0+C
1S-2D = H. If 5H = INV. If 6+H may be 0 hcp up to minimum GF
1S-2H and 1H-2D = 3-card support, very good single raise or LR or bal min COG (occasionally 4-card support)
3NT opening (1st & 2nd position) = Both minors 11+cards, less than opening bid
Transfers in many competitive situations.
Vs Strong NT: dbl = 4M & 5+m, 2C = H+S, 2D = 1 major
VS Weak NT (by UPH): dbl = penalty, 2C = H+S, 2D = 5+H, 2H = 5+S, 2S = 4S & 5+minor, 2NT = 4H & 5+minor

General Bidding Style

Initial responses to any opening may be 0+ hcp
1C = 16+ unbal or 17+ bal (may upgrade)
1D = 2+D (10)11-15 May pass balanced 11 vul or open balanced 10 not vul (stiff D honor possible but rare)
1M (1st & 2nd)= 5+. 1NT NF. All 2/1's ART (see above)
1NT response could be heavy (11/12-) or light (especially NV)
1NT (5M frequent) = 14-16 1,2,3nv, 15-17 3rd v & 4th
2C = 6+C, (10)11-15. May have any 4/5 card side suit. May be 5C in 3rd seat
2D = 4414, 4405, 3415, 4315, (10)11-15
2M = 4-10 HCP, usually 6 cards
3x opening may be very light at favorable

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

4th best vs. all (NT may lead high or 2nd from xxxx)
Standard honors vs. all (vs suits: A from AK except when doubleton, shifting to a singleton or at 5+ level)
4th in middle of hand if we're trying to give count, but attitude leads more frequent.

Defensive Signals

Upside-down count and attitude
Standard present count
Trump suit preference
Smith vs NT (high encourages opening lead) but suit pref when holding is known
Priority is att, count, suit pref, but is highly context-dependent.
Tend to give suit pref when dummy has stiff in suit contracts.