Two Over One Game Force Except When Suit Rebid.
Very Light: 3-level bids
Forcing Opening: 2C
Trump Opening Bids:
15-17 all seats
5 Card Major Common
Systems On over Conventional Double, 2C Over a Conventional Double, xx shows
` VALUES - willing to possibly defend
Over Penalty Double: Systems On, except xx promises a 5 card minor, and PASS is forcing.
Opener must re-open with either a 5 card suit or a xx (When he doesn't
own one). When Responder redoubles, Opener puppets to 2C, which
Responder will pass or correct.
Stayman - Including Garbage Stayman (Does not guarantee a 4 card major)
When Opener denies a 4 card major (2D), a jump to 3 of a major is a Smolen Transfer
Lebensohl (Fast Denies)
Negative Double - 3 level only
2D: Transfer to H
2H: Transfer to S
Preaccept major suit transfers with all 4 card holdings. 3 of the Major shows 15;
2NT shows 16-17 with 4-3-3-3; 3 of a new suit shows 16-17 with a doubleton in the bid suit.
2S: Transfer to C
2NT: Transfer to D
Preaccept all minor suit transfers with Ax(x)(x), Kxx(x), or xxxx.
When Responder transfers to a minor, and Opener does NOT Pre-accept, a rebid of 3NT is a
SLAM TRY. When Opener DOES Pre-accept, Responder makes a slam try by bidding a new suit.
3C: 5-5 (or more) in the MINORS, Non Forcing
3D: 5-5 (or more) in the MINORS, Forcing
3H: 5-5 (or more) in the MAJORS Invitational - With Non-Forcing values, use Garbage Stayman
3S: 5-5 (or more) in the MAJORS, Forcing
4D: Texas Transfer to 4H (off over interference of 3D or higher)
4H: Texas Transfer to 4S (off over interference of 3D or higher)
Puppet Stayman - All non-transfer sequences must start with Puppet Stayman
Jacoby Transfers: On
Texas Transfers: On
Minor Suit Transfers On (2NT - 3NT is NOT to play!!)
If Responder starts with 3D (transfer to Hearts), Opener bids 3H (forced), and Responder
rebids 3S - This cancels the Transfer and becomes a Minor Suit Stayman bid.
Gambling. No outside A or K
in 1st or 2nd Seat. It is accepted and expected
that Opener will have an outside A or K in 3rd or 4th Seat.
Other NT Conventions:
After a Stayman bid and a major suit response, bidding the other major on the 3-level shows a game-forcing unspecified splinter. Opener puppets next step to find out the suit.
After a Stayman bid and a major suit response, or a Jacoby Transfer to a Major, 4C is RCKG (1430)
After a Jacoby Transfer, a jump to 4 in the suit is a SLAM TRY. A jump to 4NT is QUANTITATIVE.
After a Texas Transfer, 4NT is RCKB (1430)
Major Suit Openings:
Expected Length in all seats: 5 or more
Double Raise: Preemptive - (Bergen) After Overcall - Double Raise: Preemptive
Conventional Forcing Raise: 2NT (Jacoby)
3C: 4+ piece Constructive Raise (Bergen) 3D: 4+ piece Limit Raise (Bergen)
3NT: 4-3-3-3 (3 in the major) with 13-15 pts.
1NT: Semi Forcing
Reverse 2-Way Drury: On When opponent doubles the major, 2C is 3 card
Constructive Raise, 2D is 4 card Constructive Raise,
2NT is 4 card Limit Raise, and xx starts a 3 card limit
2-Way Game Tries over 1M - 2M: All direct 3 level bids are SHORT SUIT Game Tries.
HELP SUIT game tries are made by puppeting to the
next bid. Responder answers by bidding the CHEAPEST
suit in which he would accept a Help Suit Game Try.
2NT (after 1H - 2H - 2S*) shows a willingness to accept
a Help Suit Game try in Spades.
Minor Suit Openings:
Expected Length in all seats: 3 or more
Double Raise: Preemptive - (Inverted showing 0-5 pts)
After Overcall - Double Raise: Preemptive
After Double - Double Raise: Limit (Flip Flop) After Double - 2NT: Preemptive (Flip Flop)
Jump Shift in Other Minor: Normal Minimum Raise of 6-9 pts.
Single Raise: Forcing (Inverted) Used on strong hands of 16+ and unbalanced hands of
invitational or better strength
1NT: 6-10 hcps 2NT: 11-12 hcps 3NT: 13-15 hcps
Artificial, and Forcing
Responses: 2D: Artificial Game Forcing Waiting Bid 2H: Very Negative Waiting Bid
2NT: 5+ Hearts with 2 top honors
2D: 2H: 2S:
Weak Two Bids 5-11 HCPs. In 1st, 2nd,
or 4th Seat promises 6 card suit with
2 of top 3 honors, or 3 of top 5, and a suit quality no worse than KJTxxx.
Responses: New Suit Forcing, 2NT asks for feature, 3C asks for shortness
Negative thru 4H Responsive thru 4S Maximal thru 3H
Support (and redoubles) thru 2H Card Showing
competitive auctions, double usually shows extras, or top of range,
with no clear call. Partner is expected to "do something intelligent"
No Trump Overcalls:
15 to 18 Hcps, Systems are on
Balancing: 11-14 Hcps (Sometimes light) systems are off
Jump to 2NT: 2 Lower Unbid Suits, generally either a very good or very poor hand.
Generally 7 to 17 hcps (occasionally light)
Responses: New Suit is FORCING by an Unpassed Hand.
By Passed Hand, a new suit is almost always FIT SHOWING,
with values in the bid suit. A passed Responder (to an overcall)
should only bid a new suit if he is willing to play it one level higher.
Jump Raise: Preemptive Cue Bid: Limit or Better Jump Cue Bid: Splinter
Defense vs 1 No Trump: Direct Seat
Cappelleti 2C Unspec. 1 suit Unspec. 1 suit Minors
2D Majors Majors Majors
2H Hearts & Minor Hearts & Minor Hearts & Minor
2S Spades & Minor Spades & Minor Spades & Minor
X Penalty 15+ Co-op - 11-14 Unspec. 1 Suit
Jump Overcall: Weak
Opening Preempts: Very Light
Direct Cue Bid: Top suit and another
Over Opp's T/O Double:
1-level: New Suit is Forcing 1 Round 2-level: New Suit is Non-Forcing
Redouble: implies no fit
2NT: Over a major suit: 4+ piece Limit Raise or better Over a Minor Suit - Preemptive
VS Opening Preempts - Double is
Takeout thru 4S
(3 suited takeout) (4NT suggests a 2 suited takeout)
Lebensohl 2NT over Weak 2's
1430 Blackwood 1430 Gerber 3014 Exclusion Blackwood D0P1 R0P1 DEPO
5NT: Specific Kings Q ask, if yes, bid cheapest unshown King.
Leads and Carding:
Ace from Ace-King Jack denies a higher honor Ten or Nine show 0 or 2
Queen from AKQ demands count Q from KQT9 UDCA
Odd-Even Discards 4th Best vs. NT 3/5 vs. Suits
Other Conventional Calls:
New Minor Forcing 4th Suit Forcing to Game Lebensohl over Reverses
Flannery Defense Sandwich NT
Unusual vs. Unusual (Diamonds to Spades - Clubs to Hearts)
Unusual vs. Michaels (Spades to Diamonds - Hearts to Clubs)