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Systemcards: StepRed

Standard American
Please note: this is just a summary of the most common conventions.
You are free to play any system you like but it might be easier to refer to this summary. Most of these conventions can be found on BridgeGuys

Opening Meaning Response
1 11+ HCP, 2+
No 4-card or 5 card major

1NT: 6-9 HCP
2NT: 10-11 HCP
weak jump shifts
1 11+ HCP, 4+
No 5 card major
1 11+ HCP, 5+ 2 in opening suit: support (6-9 HCP)
3 in opening suit: support (10-11 HCP)
1NT: 6-9 HCP
2NT: 10-12 or 16+HCP with 4 card support
3NT: support and 13-15 HCP (no splinter)
weak jump shifts
1 11+ HCP, 5+
1 NT 15-17 HCP,
no 5 card /
2 : Stayman Relay (no major required)
2 : transfer to (can be weak)
2 : transfer to (can be weak)
2 : transfers to (can be weak)
2 NT: transfer to (can be weak)
3 ///: 6+ card, slam invite
2 gf, inviting /
or 23/24 NT
2 : waiting bid
new suit: 2 of 3 or 3 of 5 honnors
2 Multi (weak /,
inviting / or 25-26 NT)
2/3/4 /: pass or correct
2NT: forcing (min/min/max/max)
2 / Multi: (5 card /
& 4+ in a minor)
2NT: forcing
3 : pass or correct to 3
3 : invite to 4 /
2 NT 20-22 HCP flat 3 : Puppet Stayman
3 /: Jacoby
3 to 4 : transfers, slam invite
3NT: to play
3 /// preempt,
minors can be on a 6 card.
 
3 NT solid 7 card /
with less than a king outside suit.
4 : pass or correct to 4
4 : forcing, asking for control bids

Responding and rebidding style:

  • After interference (including double) a new suit is forcing (on level 2 min 10 HCP)
  • After 1 / - (double) 2NT is invitational with a fit, 3 / preempts
  • After 1 / - (2X) 3X is invitational with a fit, 3 / preempts
  • After a double op 1NT systems are on (Stayman/Jacoby)
  • Lebensohl in other situations after 1NT

Competitive bidding

  • Weak jump overcalls
  • 1NT-response on 2nd hand: 15-18 HCP with stopper. Responses like after a 1NT-opening
  • 1NT-response 4th hand: 10-14 HCP. without alternatives. Responses are natural
  • After preempts opening: take out doubles to 4
  • 2NT: 2 lower suits
  • Against 1NT: Multi Landy (2: both majors, 2: one major)

Other conventions

  • Fourth-suit forcing on 2 level for one round on 3 level to game
  • Support doubles and support redoubles
  • Check Back Stayman (CBS)
  • Responsive doubles
  • Lightner double
  • Negative double to 4
  • Splinters 10-14 HCP (only after 1 /)

Slam bidding methods

  • Control bidding (mixed)
  • Jump to 5NT asks for two top honours
  • Dopi Ropi
  • RKC Blackwood (1430)

Leads

  • Odd leads: first/third/fifth
  • Highest of a sequence
  • Highest of a doubleton
  • Second highest of a bad 3+ card.

Signals

  • Partner leads: odd is on
  • Declarer leads: high-low is even
  • Discarding: McKenny