2000 July 12

Eastern Mysticism Outline

Topics

Legend

  • All point ranges are approximate; use best judgment. Count HCP with no fit and support points (“pts”) after a fit is found.
  • Slow arrival: jumping to a forced level shows minimum values.
  • Click Expand button to expand nested bids; click Collapse button to collapse nested bids.
  • Opener’s bids are black; Responder’s bids are grey; Opponents’ bids are orange.
  • M = any major; m = any minor; X = any suit; OM = other major; om = other minor.
  • F1 = forcing 1 round; FG = forcing to game; FO = forcing on Opener; FR = forcing on Responder.
  • (Alert!) indicates an alertable bid.
  • (Announce) indicates an announceable bid.

Openings: 1 | 1 | 1M | 1NT | 2 | 2 | 2M | 2NT | 3X/4X/5X | 3NT
Overcalls | Doubles | Conventions

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Openings and responses

Click to toggle display of nested bids1: 16+ HCP or 8+ tricks, any shape; F1 (Alert!)
Click to toggle display of nested bids1: 11-15 HCP, no 5-card M (Announce: May have zero diamonds)
Click to toggle display of nested bids1M: 11-15 HCP, 5+ cards
Click to toggle display of nested bids1NT (1st/2nd seat): 11-13 HCP, balanced (Announce: 11-13)
1NT (3rd/4th seat): 13-15 HCP, balanced (Announce: 13-15)
Click to toggle display of nested bids2: 11-15 HCP, 5-4 or longer in m’s, no 4-card M (Alert!)
Click to toggle display of nested bids2: Semi-preemptive weak 2 bid (5-10 HCP); 5-6 cards
Click to toggle display of nested bids2M: Semi-preemptive weak 2 bid (5-10 HCP); 5-6 cards
Click to toggle display of nested bids2NT: Unusual; 5-4 or better in m’s, 5-10 HCP (Alert!)
Click to toggle display of nested bids3X/4X/5X: Preemptive
Click to toggle display of nested bids3NT: Gambling (running minor, no outside stoppers) (Alert!)

Overcalls

Click to toggle display of nested bidsof 1X:
Click to toggle display of nested bidsof 1NT:
Click to toggle display of nested bidsof a weak 2:
Click to toggle display of nested bidsof 3X:
Click to toggle display of nested bidsof 4X:
Click to toggle display of nested bidsof 5X:
Click to toggle display of nested bidsof 6X/7X:

Doubles

Competitive: Over 1X-2X, double shows general strength primarily for takeout.

Click to toggle display of nested bidsResponsive: After LHO opens, partner bids, and RHO raises (not preemptively), double shows strength in the unbid suits and no support for partner’s suit, if any.
Click to toggle display of nested bidsSnapdragon: After 3 suits have been bid, double shows 5+ in the 4th suit and tolerance for partner’s suit.

Support: After 1X + Pass + 1M + Overcall (below 2 of the M), double or redouble shows 3-card support for Responder’s major.

Conventions

Click to toggle display of nested bidsBlackwood: Asks for aces and the trump king, if any (5 key cards if trump suit, 4 if notrump).
Click to toggle display of nested bidsCappelletti over weak NT (low end ≤ 13 HCP)
Click to toggle display of nested bidsDONT over strong NT (low end ≥ 14 HCP)
Click to toggle display of nested bidsDrury: Support response by a passed hand to 1M
Click to toggle display of nested bidsJacoby/Jordan 2NT: Forcing raise of a M
Click to toggle display of nested bidsLead-directing support bid: Responder’s unnatural competitive bid below raise of Opener’s suit shows a raise and lead suggestion.
Click to toggle display of nested bidsMathe: Shows M or m 2-suiter after a strong 1 opening
Click to toggle display of nested bidsNew Minor/Major Forcing (NMF): Artifical bid of a new suit to show invitational or better hand and ask Opener to describe his hand.
Click to toggle display of nested bidsOgust: 2NT over partner’s weak 2M asks for clarification
Sandwich NT: After LHO opens 1X, partner passes, and RHO respondes 1X, 1NT is for takeout in the unbid suits; implies less distribution than double.
Click to toggle display of nested bidsStayman: Asks NT bidder about 4-card M’s.
Click to toggle display of nested bidsTransfer lebensohl (Slow Shows, Direct Denies) after overcall of 1NT or double of partner’s weak 2
Click to toggle display of nested bidsUnusual over unusual: After a 2-suited overcall (e.g., Michaels or Unusual 2NT), Responder can cuebid to show one of the other suits.