At the 3-level
3C/D/H/S are normal pre-empts, denies more than one A or K outside
trumps and denies two aces. In response a new suit is natural and
forcing and 4NT is Keycard Blackwood.
(1) If pre-emptor doubles, opponent's cue bid of his suit then
this requests partner NOT to lead this suit.
(2) Transferring Captain's Hat:
If opponents X a pre-empt or weak jump overcall, then
XX = unsure whether to compete or defend. That is a
hand with a fair fit for partner but some defense.
(3) Funny NT's and Suits:
If opponents X or cue-bid over a pre-empt or non-vulnerable
weak jump overcall then:-
(a) Funny NT = any dubious NT call, partner to treat NT as
natural until obvious otherwise. A funny NT
shows a good fit for partner but next to no
Corollory: a direct raise shows SOME defense.
(b) Funny Suit= A new suit may be lead directing, or of
no significance or genuine. If the new suit
is doubled (for penalties) the pre-emptor
MUST not pass.
Five of a Major
Opening 5H or 5S asks responder to raise one-level for each
top honour he holds in that suit.
7+ Major, little defense, 5-6 losers depending on vulnerability.
- raise to 5M asks for trump quality.
- new suit is an exclusion cue bid.
- 5NT is GSF.
Same responses apply after jump overcall to 4H or 4S after opposition have opened. eg. cue of their suit is exclusion cue.
7+ Major, one or two aces, 4-4.5 losers, no void, fewer than 5 controls. Examples:
x AKJTxxx x
AKJxxxxx x AJTxxxx
xx KQx AJT9
Kx QJ x
- step 1 = 2 key cards and 3+ possible cover cards.
- step 2 = 0-1 key cards, sign-off.
- step 3 = 3 key cards.
- step 4 = 4 key cards.
Bid of new suit is an asking bid. Substituting 4NT for the suit shut out by responder. Responses are:
By making an asking bid opener is usually indicating that one
keycard is missing.
- step 1 = no control.
- step 2 = 2nd round control.
- step 3 = 1st round control.
- step 4 = 1st and 2nd round control.
Bid of 5NT indicates all the controls are held, invites responder
to bid seven if he believes we have enough tricks.
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