Saturday, January 28, 2012

4 level preempt 4C/4D solid Major


1. Open 4C/4D Solid Major Suit Pre-empt


4§/4: 4§ with Hearts and 4 with Spades. A solid 7 card major with an outside A or K or a solid 8 card suit with no outside Ace (may have an outside K). Always within 1 or 2 tricks of contract.  This bid has the same meaning and responses in 3rd and 4th seat.

1.1.       Responses to 4C/4D without interference


4(over 4§): Asking bid

                        4: Solid suit, no outside Ace

                        4♠/5§/5♦: outside Ace

                                    4N( over 4♠): Asks opener to name a void

                        4N: outside King

                                    5§: which suit?

                                                5/5♠/5NT(clubs)          

4(over 4): Asking bid

                        4♠ Solid suit, no outside Ace

                                    4N: Asks opener to name a void

                        4N: outside King

                                    5§:  which suit?

                                                5/5/5NT(clubs)          

                        5§/5/5: outside Ace

            4♠(over 4§): special CAB

            4(over 4§)/4♠(over 4): Sign-off, to play

            4N: Asks opener to name a void

            5§/5/5(over 4): special CAB

            5N: either directly or after an asking bid (including a 4NT void ask). Asks if opener completely solid.

                        6§: AKQxxxx

                        6: AKQJxxx or AKQxxxxx

Interested in a Grand Slam but have lousy trumps (x) and want to reduce the chances of an opponent having Jxxx when you're in 7. So will bid 6 over 6§ and 7 over 6.

1.2.       Responses to 4C/4D with interference


Over Interference:

            Redouble: Penalty

            Double: Penalty

            other bids remain the same.

2. Open 4H/4SD a Major Suit Pre-empt


4/4♠: Good 7 or 8 card suit (possibly 2 losers NV opposite a singleton, but 1 loser Vul). No more than 1 A or K outside trump suit. 7 playing tricks NV, 8 tricks Vul. Same requirements and responses on 3rd seat. Must have greater playing strength in 4th seat.

            4♠(over 4): special CAB

            4N: modified Blackwood

                        5§: 0 Aces,

                        5: 1 Ace,

                        5: 2 Aces and moderate trump suit (worse than 4 of top 5)

                        5♠: 2 Aces and good trump (4 of top 5 or better. Could have AKQJTxx empty.)

            5§/5/5(over 4♠): CAB  

            5/5♠: Asks opener to bid 6 with good trump (two of top three)

            5N: Grand Slam Force (special responses) including after any bid but 4N

                        1st step 6§: missing 2 of top 3 honors (ie, has AJ, KJ or QJ)

                        2nd step 6: 2 of top 3 honors including Q (ie. AQ or KQ)

                        3rd step 6: Both A & K, missing Q

                        4th step 6♠: A, K & Q

            6 and 7 level jump bids are sign-offs.



Over Interference:

            Redouble: Penalty

            Double: Penalty

            other bids remain the same.



For pre-empts of 5♣/5, bid one level higher for each top honor (A, K, Q) in partner's suit.

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