Suspensor (Michael Wilkinson - Tony Nunn - Brad Coles)

Opening Bids

Pass = 13+ any (Others are all 8-12)

1C   = 3-5 Hearts, 3-5 Spades, NOT 55

1D   = 0-7 any

1H   = 0-2 or 6+ Hearts (NOT any 55+)

1S   = 0-2 or 6+ Spades (NOT any 55+)

1NT  = 5 card Major, 4 card minor, less than 3 in other Major

2C   = 4 Hearts, 6+ in a minor, less than 3 Spades

2D   = 4 Spades, 6+ in a minor, less than 3 Hearts

2H   = 55+ Two suits same RANK

2S   = 55+ Two suits same COLOUR

2NT  = 55+ Two non-touching suits (ODD)

Doubles

Take-out if we open Pass or 1D.

Penalties otherwise (NO exceptions).

In a game force, doubles are penalty over the suit, strong action under the suit.

Relay Interference

Except where outlined below - we never end up more than UP ONE.

Usual rules - relayer’s double is penalties, responder’s is 2nd step.

Bases for Denial Cue Bidding

13+ = 8+, 4+

10+ = 6+, 3+

7+  = 4+, 2+

5+  = 2+, 1+

Stop on A+ or 0/3 (monitor this for efficiency).

Zooming

We flow onto controls with 3NT being the weakest option (base controls). If the last available shape is at the 2-level then 3NT shows BASE MINUS ONE controls.

This means that if shape ends at 2NT, then 2NT shows BASE PLUS FOUR controls.

 

When there are only two shapes left in a bid we zoom on to controls with the LESS EXTREME shape.

When last shape is 4C or higher we zoom on to controls with last shape.

When holding 8+ controls in an 8-12 opening we zoom on to denial cues holding 8+.

 

Structure over Pass

Exactly the same as over Red Grover 1C - with the following exceptions:

·       1C = 0-6

·       1D = 11+

·       after 1C interference, X = 5/6, Pass = 0-4, 1D = 11+, etc

·       after 1D interference, X = 11+, Pass = 0-6, others relay

·       after 1H interference, as per Red Grover

·       after Pass:1D:1NT - we play that responder should reverse relay with a minimum balanced hand ... i.e. 2C = relay, 2D = 5 card minor, 2H = S+X.

After Pass:1C

1D = 19+ or 8+PT

1H = 0-4

       1S+ = relay UP ONE 5-6

Others NNF.

After Pass:1C:1D:1H

1S = 22+ or 9+PT

       1NT = 0-2

       2C+ = relay UP THREE 3-4

2m = Aspro (step asks for 5 card suit).

After Pass:1C:1D:1H:1S:1NT

2C = Game Force or Aspro

       2D = negative or waiting

       Others = Natural.

2D = Aspro

Others = NNF

 

Structure after 1D opening

1H = 18+ or 8+PT

       1S = 0-4/5

       1NT+ = relay UP TWO

Others = NNF

1NT = 15-18

2m = Aspro (step asks for 5 card suit)

 

After 1D:1H:1S

1NT = 19-22

2C = GF or Aspro

2D = bal 23-24 or Aspro

Others = NNF

When we're running

XX = 0-2 in suit.

 

Structure after 1C opening

1D = GI+R

       1H = 4+ spades, unbalanced

       1S = 4+ hearts, 3 spades, unbalanced

       1N = 8-10 balanced

              2C = GFR

                     2D  = Hearts + Another

                     2H  = Spades + minor

                     2S  = 3352 or 3325

                     2NT = 4333

                     3C  = 3433

                     3D  = 3343

                     3H  = 3334

       2C = 3370 or 3361

       2D = 3307 or 3316

       2H+ = 10-12 balanced

       2H  = Spades + Another

       2S  = Hearts + minor

       2NT = 3352 or 3325

       3C  = 4333

       3D  = 3433

       3H  = 3343

       3S  = 3334, 7+ AKQ points

       3NT = 3334, (5)6 AKQ points

Others = NNF.

Relay Structure after 1C:1D:1S:1NT

2C = diamonds (3541, 3451, 3460)

2D = clubs longer (3406, 3415 – zoom to controls)

2H = 3514

2S = 3532

2NT+ = 3523

Relay Structure after 1C:1D:1H:1S

1NT = majors 44+

2C  = diamonds (5341, 4351, 4360)

2D  = clubs longer (4306, 4315 – zoom to controls)

2H  = 5314

2S  = 5332

2NT+ = 5323

After 1C:1D:1H:1S:1NT:2C

2D  = 3-suited hand

2H  = Spades longer

2S  = 4531

2NT = 4522

3C+ = 4513

 

Structure after 1M opening

1S/2C = GI+R - honeymoon style - opener always rebids 2M with length

1NT   = to play opposite shortage

2m    = to play opposite shortage, correctable

2M    = 0-2 card "support", others imply 3+ card support

Others NNF.

Relay Structure after 1H:1S

1NT = balanced OR 3-suited

       2D  = 3-suited (4144, 5044, 4054, 4045)

       2H  = (5233, 4243, 4234)

       2S  = 3253

       2NT = 3235

       3C  = 3244

2C = Long Hearts

       2H = hearts + minor

              2NT = diamonds (resolve as clubs)

              3C  = clubs, low singleton

              3D  = clubs, high singleton

              3H  = clubs, low void

              3S  = clubs, high void

              3NT = 1714

       2S = hearts + spades

              resolve as clubs

       2NT+ = symmetric relay UP ONE

2D = spades + minor

       2S  = 4252

       2NT = 4153

       3C  = 4225

       3D+ = 4135

2H = both minors

       2NT = 54 either way

              3D  = 2254

              3H  = 3154

              3S  = 2245

              3NT = 3145

       3C = 6+diamonds, 4 clubs (x2xx, x1xx, x0xx)

       3D = 6+clubs, 4 diamonds, doubleton heart

       3H = 6+clubs, 4 diamonds, singleton heart

       3S = 6+clubs, 4 diamonds, heart void

2S = clubs

       3C = doubleton heart )

       3D = singleton heart ) Do not resolve

       3H = heart void            )

2NT = diamonds

       as for clubs

 

Relay Structure after 1S:2C

2D = Long Spades

       2S = spades + minor

              3C = diamonds (resolve as clubs)

              3D = clubs, low singleton

              3H =  clubs, high singleton

              3S = clubs, low void

              3NT = clubs, high void

              4C = 7114

       2NT = spades + hearts (resolve as clubs)

       3C+ = Symmetric Relay UP TWO (Single-Suited)

       *** Discuss whether to resolve 6322 over 3S relay ***

 

2H = balanced, hearts, minors or 3-suited

       2NT = balanced

              3D = (2533, 2443, 2434)

              3H = 2353

              3S = 2335

              3NT = 2344

       3C = 3-suited (1444, 0544, 0454, 0445)

       3D = (1453, 2452 – zoom to controls)

       3H = (1435, 2425 – zoom to controls)

       3S = 1354

       3NT = 1345

2S = clubs (incl. 0346)

       3C = (1336, 2326 – zoom to controls)

       3D = 0346

       3H = 2317

       3S = 1327

       3NT = 0337

2NT = diamonds (incl. 0364)

       3D = (1363, 2362 – zoom to controls)

       3H = 0364

       3S = 2371

       3NT = 1372

       4C = 0373

 

 

Structure after 1NT opening

2C = pass or correct

2D = GI+R

       2H = 8-10 5+ Hearts

              2S = GFR

                     2NT = 2542

                     3C  = 1543

                     3D  = 2524

                     3H  = 1534

       2S = 8-10 5+ Spades

              2NT = GFR

                     Structure as above

       2NT+ = 10-12

       2NT = S+D

       3C  = S+C

       3D  = 2542

       3H  = 1543

       3S  = 2524

       3NT = 1534

2M = pass or correct

If they double

XX = bid 2C

Others = as per above

If they bid 2C

X = pens

2D = GI+R

Structure after 2C opening

2D = GI+R

       2H = 8-10

              As below UP ONE

       2S = 10-12, Diamonds

              Resolve; 2Spades, 1462, 1471, 0463, 0472

       2NT = (2407, 2416 - zoom to controls)

       3C = 1426

       3D = 1417

       3H = 0436

       3S = 0427

Others NNF

2NT = bid your minor

 

2D opening is identical - except bids are one higher and relay steps are

based on number of hearts.

Structure after RCO openings

2NT = Strong Ask

Others = Pass or Correct (NO ask over 2NT opening)

 

Appendix - Possible hand shapes

1H opening

Possible Shapes (Short)

 Balanced: 4243, 4234, 3244, 5233, 3253, 3235

 S+minor:  4252, 4225, 4153, 4135, 2254, 2245, 3154, 3145,
2164, 1264, 2146, 1246, 3064, 3046,
1174, 1147, 2074, 2047, 0274, 0247

 3-suited: 4144, 5044, 4054, 4045

 diamonds: 3262, 2263, 3163, 2272, 3271, 3172, 2173, 1273, 3073

 clubs:    3226, 2236, 3136, 2227, 3217, 3127, 2137, 1237, 3037

 

Possible Shapes (Long)

 Single-Suited: All Shapes (Normal Symmetric)

 Spades: 4630, 4621, 4612, 4603, 4720, 4711, 4702

 Diamonds: 7

 Clubs: 7

1S opening

Possible Shapes (Short)

 Balanced: 2443, 2434, 2344, 2533, 2353, 2335

 H+minor:  2452, 2425, 1453, 1435

 Minors:   1354, 1345, 0364, 0346

 3-suited: 1444, 0544, 0454, 0445

 diamonds: 2362, 1363, 2371, 1372, 0373

 clubs:    2326, 1336, 2317, 1327, 0337

 

Possible Shapes (Long)

 Single-Suited: All Shapes (Normal Symmetric)

 Hearts: 6430, 6421, 6412, 6403, 7420, 7411, 7402

 Diamonds: 7

 Clubs: 7