Saturday, January 28, 2012

Opponent open 1NT we Compete

1) All other ranges higher than 10-12 and 11-13 (namely 11-14, 13-15, 15-17 or similar) in balance and direct seats. This is a modification of Woolsey switching 2♣ and 2, switching back in balance or if the Mid-chart is in use. Note: method in balance seat also used over opponent’s 2N opening or rebids.
Double: a Minor (5+) Major (4+) 2-suiter. Vs. Weak NT (11-14 or 12-14): Double is PEN showing 15-18 HCP or 1-suiter with a source of tricks.
            2§: Asking for minor (pass or correct)
                        Pass: Club 2-suiter
                        2¨: Diamond 2-suiter
                                    2©: ask for major
            2¨: Asks for overcaller's Major
                        2©: 5+ Minor and 4+ Hearts
                        2ª: 5+ Minor and 4+ Spades
            2©: Forcing, this will be very rare, but need only be willing to play at 3-level
                        2ª: 5+ Clubs and 4+ Spades
                        2N: 5+ Clubs and 4+ Hearts
                        3§: 5+ Diamonds and 4+ Spades
                        3¨: 5+ Diamonds and 4+ Hearts
            2N: Asks for overcaller’s minor with values
3§: 5+ Clubs and minimum
                        3¨: 5+ Diamonds and minimum
                        3©: 5+ Clubs and 11-14 HCP
                        3ª: 5+ Clubs and 11-14 HCP
                        4§: 5+ Clubs and 15+ HCP
                        4¨: 5+ Diamonds and 15+ HCP
2§:       A one-suited Heart or Spades hand, generally a 6-card suit, but could be 5 NV vs. Vul
            In balance use 2 as both majors and use methods over a 10-12 1N below.
            2¨: Asks for major.  Overcaller shows major then:
                        2N:  Asks (Ogust style) would rare over a 15-17 NT but possible over lighter NT
                                    3§: Weak hand, Weak Suit 3¨: Weak hand, Strong Suit
                                    3©: Strong hand, Weak Suit 3ª: Strong hand, Strong Suit
                                    3N: AKQ of suit
            2©: Pass or correct
            2ª: Pass or correct, values to play in at least 3©. Responder with Hearts and fair values show shortness(2N=Spades) and just bids 3 with a poor hand or no shortness. Responder also makes this bid if they want to play in some number of Spades regardless of the pre-empt suit , so later 3ª or 4ª bids are to play.
2¨:  Both Majors, at least 5-4 distribution. In balance use 2 as a unnamed 6+card major
            If this bid is doubled it actually helps us out.
Redouble now asks for longer major(could use if 3-2, 3-3 or even 2-2)
Pass: 2¨ as a suggested place to play, so 5-6 Diamonds
2©/2ª: shows a distinct preference (Not to be removed)
            2©: better or equal major, could be as little as 2 Hearts
                        Pass: 5+ Hearts
                        2ª: 4 Hearts and 5+ Spades (This is similar to rescuing an 2© bid over a 2¨ opening when opener only has 3 cards in the suit)
                                    2N: Asking for minor fragment
                                                3§/3¨: 3-4 of minor
                                                3©: 5422 distribution
                                                3ª: 6 Spades
            2ª: better Spades than Hearts 3+ Spades
            2N: Asking bid with vales
                                                3§: poor hand; 3¨: now asks for longer major
3¨: fair hand with longer or equal Hearts
                                                3©: fair hand with longer Spades
                                                3ª: good hand with equal or longer Hearts
                                                3N: good hand with longer Spades
            3§/3¨: 6+ of minor no major suit fit
2©: Hearts and a Minor at least 5-4
            2N: Asks for Minor
2ª: Spades and a Minor at least 5-4
            2N: Asks for Minor
2N: Both Minors 5-4
3§: 6+ Clubs
3¨: 6+ Diamonds
3©: Broken 8+ Heart suit. Invitational to game if responder can fill trump or provide tricks
3ª: Broken 8+ Spade suit. Invitational to game if responder can fill trump or provide tricks
2) Range 10-12, 11-13 or similar: While rare, it is important to have a system that allows some constructive bidding, in balance and direct seats. We use a modification of Garozzo transfers, adding a bid for both majors.
2§: Both Majors, at least 5-4 distribution
            2¨: Asks for better suit
                        2: Better or equal Hearts
                        2♠: Better Spades
                        2N: Equal Majors with strong values(15+ pts.)
                        3♣: Better Hearts with strong values(15+ pts.)
                        3: Better Spades with strong values(15+ pts.)
            2N: Asking bid with values
                        3♣: Better or equal Hearts with at most 11 pts
                        3: Better Spades with at most 11 pts
                        3: Better or equal Hearts with at least 12 pts
                        3♠: Better Spades with at least 12 pts
                        3N: Equal Majors with at least 15 pts
                        4: Better Hearts with at least 15 pts
                        4: Better Spades with at least 15 pts
2¨: Transfer to Hearts at least a five card suit
2©: Transfer to Spades a least a five card suit
2ª: Transfer to Clubs at least a six card suit
2N: Both Minors 5-5
3§: Transfer to Diamonds at least a six card suit
3¨: Strong Both Majors at least 5-5 distribution
Double: Penalty Oriented, 15-18 HCP or 1 suiter with a source of tricks

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