System Summary Form (SSF), 2020 JLall Online Teams #1

Team: Feldman Last Updated Nov 5, 2020 at 18:26
Players: Adam Wildavsky - Mark Feldman

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Bids that Require Advance Preparation

1C is 3+ with transfer responses. It's not forcing but also not limited, so we don't pass often.

Our strong 2C opening includes balanced hands with 18-19 HCP.

Our 2D opening is Multi: Weak in H, very weak in S, or GF with D and a shorter major.

2D and 2H responses to 1C are transfers by an UPH – weak (3-7 HCP) or strong.

An UPH 2D response to 1D shows a weak hand (3-7 HCP) with H or S or a GF with 4+ ♦.

An UPH 2H response to 1D shows 9-11 balanced (possibly 6322 with six C) with no 4-card major.

An UPH 2S response to 1m is an artificial invitational raise.

All passed-hand jump shifts are fit-showing except for P (P) 1M (P) 3C.

We use transfers by an UPH after 1D (2C).

When responder is an UPH we switch the meanings of a minimum bid in the two unbid suits on these auctions:

1C (1S)
1C (2S)
1C (2D)
1C (3D)
1D (1S)
1D (3C)
1S (2C)
1S (3C)

Our run-outs over 1NT doubled are ostensibly natural, but if we bid a minor and redouble we show a 4441 hand with the suit bid and two higher ranking suits, while if we bid a minor and run we show the suit we run to and a higher suit.

(1m) - 2m = Natural over 1C that could be 3 or 1D that could be 2.
(1m) - 2H = Both majors, 5+5+, limited.
(1m) - 3m = Both majors, 5+5+, strong - usually 16+ HCP.

General Bidding Style

Five-card Majors, 12-14 NT, 2/1 forcing to game.

We open most balanced hands with 12 HCP. Our minor suit openings tend to be sound. Our major suit openers can be light.

Our overcalls tend to be sound.

Most of our doubles of suit partscores are for takeout, whether or not partner has bid. We have several exceptions.

Opening Leads AND Leads in the Middle of the Hand

Versus suits and mostly vs NT, Rusinow honor leads (second highest), except for partner's and dummy's suits or by a pre-emptor in a side suit. Vs. NT, the lead of the K requests count or unblock, A from AK otherwise.

Against suits we lead 3rd best from even, lowest from odd, but will lead high from 3 small in partner‘s raised suit.

Against NT we lead 4th best from the Jack or 109 or better.

We lead 4th best or attitude in the middle of the hand.

Defensive Signals

We use upside down attitude signals and standard count and suit preference with two exceptions:
• Against suits, the J is the most encouraging card when a ruff is possible, so J from Jx.
• Against NT, third hand gives standard attitude at trick one when dummy wins a short A or K.

Against suits at the four-level or lower we give attitude at trick 1 on a King lead when dummy holds Qxx or longer. Usually that means low only from xx.

Our signaling priority is Attitude, then Count, then Suit Preference. We try, though, to give the signal that will be most useful to partner.

We often give suit preference in the trump suit.