Saturday, January 28, 2012

Opening Bids in a Strong Forcing Club System, including 3rd/4th seat modifications


1. Opening Bids


Shown here is a brief summary of my system, to give you a reference. Changes to Precision openings in this system: The opening 1NT range is 14-16 HCP vul in 1st or 2nd seat, so that 1♣ if balanced will be at least 17 HCP and will be forced to game even opposite a balanced 8 HCP hand. In 1st and 2nd seat NV a 10-12 HCP range is used for maximum pre-emption. With 13-16 HCP balanced NV in 1st and 2nd seat we open 1. In 1st or 2nd seat, unbalanced hands with 16+ HCP are opened 1♣ as are some 13-14 HCP hands with exceptional playing strength. The 2♣ opening has been changed to remove the hands with only 5 Clubs (those having a four card major) and shows (10)11-15 HCP, could be light in 3rd seat. Thus they will guarantee a good 6 Clubs, though they may still have a four or five card major.  This may give responder a safe landing spot in 3♣ and encourage responder to investigate on close hands. Also the hands with 5 Clubs and 4 of a major will be opened 1or 2where it will be easier to locate a major suit fit.  All three suited hands with short Diamonds and (10)11-15) HCP are opened 2. 1can be opened with many hands with 2+ Diamonds and (10)11-15 HCP plus some balanced 16 HCP hands. Major suits opening are always have 5+ cards, no exceptions and shows (10)11-15 HCP could be light in 3rd. Hands with 5 card majors, 5M332 and 16(17 in 3rd or 4th) HCP can be downgraded as a bad 16 and opened 1M or 1NT if possible. We have switched the 2NT range to 19-21 HCP generally with a stopper in all suits, (HCP range to be in line with RM Precision). It also makes our openings similar to standard, so am playing with the field. 2NT may include a five card suit but not 5422 hands. This restriction applies to 1NT, 2NT and 3NT rebids after a 1♣ opening. However, 1NT is generally not opened with a 5 card major, with two possible exceptions with a solid/semi-solid suit or with a poor suit which is treated as a 4 card suit. In 3rd and 4th seat opening bids are in general 2HCP higher and responses 2 HCP lower.



Opening Bids

1♣: 16+ HCP less with strong suit or suits or balanced 17-18, 22-28 or 31+ HCP due to NT ranges. Opener can have good 16 HCP and 5M332 distribution, an exception to the rule for balanced hands. In 3rd/4th 17+ HCP unbalanced or 18-19, 22-28 or 31+HCP balanced.

1: (10)11-16 HCP, 2+ diamonds. A catchall bid. 1 can be opened light in 3rd seat. 1 includes the 3-suiters with 3+’s, some minor 2 suiters. 4+ of a major and 4+ Diamonds, hands where Diamonds is longest suit, (42)25 hands and finally it includes balanced hands (11)12-13 HCP 1st or 2nd seat Vul, 13-16 HCP NV or 12-14 HCP in 3rd and 4th seat or with 2 good 4 card majors except 10-12 HCP when NV in 1st or 2nd seat. In 3rd seat 10-17 HCP and 4th 12-17 HCP
1/1♠: (10)11-15 HCP, a 5+ carder. Can be opened light in 3rd or 4th seat, with reverse Drury played. In 3rd 10-16 HCP and 4th 12-16 HCP.
1NT: 14-16 HCP balanced, may have a five card minor but not (5422), may not have 2 good 4 card majors. In 1st and 2nd seat NV 10-12 HCP, 15-17 HCP in 3rd and 4th seat.
2♣: (10)11-15 HCP 6+ carder ♣, may have a 4 or 5 card major, but will usually just be a one suited Club 6 carder. 2♣ can be opened light in 3rd seat 10-16 HCP but 4th seat is 12-16 HCP
2: (10)11-15 HCP 0-1 's, 4414, 4405, (43)15 distribution. In 3rd/4th seat 12-16 HCP
2: 5-9(10) HCP weak two in Hearts, in 4th 10-13 HCP
2♠: 5-9(10) HCP weak two in Spades, in 4th 10-13 HCP

2NT: 19-21 HCP may have 5-card suit but not 5422. 20-21 in 3rd/4th

3♣: 6-8 card preempt in Clubs
3: 6-8 card preempt in Diamonds
3: pre-empt in Hearts, rule of 2 and 3
3♠: pre-empt in Spades, rule of 2 and 3
3NT: pre-empt in Clubs or Diamonds. 
4♣/4:  7+ carder major, Namyats for Solid Hearts/Spade, will have outside A or K if only 7 card suits
4/4♠: 7-11 HCP, 7+ carder, rule of 2 and 3
4NT: 29-30 HCP, 3NT systems on, all bids are slam tries
 
Would open the following 1♣: (16+ HCP or 17+ balanced)
♣: void : 32 : AKJ93 ♠: AKJ942
♣: AKJ6 : 4 : AKJT852 ♠: 3
Would open the following 1: (10-15 HCP)
♣: J32 : 43 : AK93 ♠: AK92 flat hands with both 4-card majors are opened 1 with up to 15 HCP
♣: AJT54 : 64 :K5 ♠: AQ53 have good rebid of 1♠
♣: 5 : KJ9764 : 6 ♠: AKQ94 Diamonds don’t have to be good to open 1
Would open the following 1NT: (14-16 HCP)
♣: KQ954 : Q4 : KQ73 ♠: K5
♣: K94 : AJ843 : KJ3 ♠: K5
♣: A4 : KQ42 : AJ54 ♠: J75
Open the following 1: (10-15 HCP)
♣: K97654 : 5 : AKQ73 ♠: 6 as c9lubs are not good enough to open 2§
♣: 4 : 5 : K97654 ♠: AKQ73 open the 6 card suit with both majors regardless of strengths
♣: T4 : K43 : AQ9632 ♠: AJ4 just open 1 doesn’t have playing strength to upgrade to 1§
Open the following 2♣: (10-15 HCP)
♣: AQT654 : 976 : KJ7 ♠: 76 a minimum opening with 1 outside suit stopped
♣: KQJT96 : K64 : AQ4 ♠: 87 a maximum opening with 2 outside suits stopped
♣: AJT876 : 4 : KQ43 ♠: K6 with a 4 card (or even 5) major is OK
♣: AKQJT765 : 42 : 6 ♠: Q64 with a solid suit
Open the following 2: (10-15 HCP)
♣: KQ652 : 8 : QJ7 ♠: AJ63 with 5 clubs, a 4 card major and a singleton Diamond
♣: Q863 : 7 : KT97 ♠: KQ73 a minimum 4414 hand
♣: AQ743 : void : KJ98 ♠: KJ63 a maximum 4405 hand

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