Superlambda

 

Translated by Daniel Neill August 2003.

Source: http://www.bartnik.zwm.punkt.pl/bridge-forum/brydz/superlambda/index.html

Poster: Longin Bartnik

Dan-note: No notes on interference in relays or on many non-relays.

 

Openings

Pass = any 13+ HCP hand (pass with 3 aces too; also, 13-14 balanced may open either 1 or 1NT)

1 = multi-meaning

- 8-12 balanced (all 5332 included)

- 10-12 any 7-crd suit

1 = any 0-7 (not Ace and King) that can't preempt

1 = 8-12 HCP, multi-meaning

- 5-4+ black-red

- any 4441

- 5440 where void is same rank as 5-crd suit

1 = 8-12 HCP 5-4+ in same color

1N = 12-14 balanced

2 = 5-9, one 6-crd minor

2 = 10-12, one 6-crd major with no side suit

2 = 5-9, one 6-crd major

2 = 10-12, one good 6-crd minor with no side suit

2N = 5-7 HCP, 5-5 minors or 7+crd major 8.5 tricks

3Y = preemptive

3N = gambling

4/ = 9 tricks in /

4/ = preemptive

 

Opening Pass (13+ HCP, any hand*)

* 13-14 Balanced can choose to open 1 or 1NT

Responses:

1 = multi-meaning

- 7-11 balanced

- 9-11 any solid 6-crd suit

- 9-11 any 7-crd suit

- any 12+ hand

1 = 13-17 NT, or 15-17 any 7-crd suit, or any 18+ HCP

1 = 12+ any dist

1 = any 18+ dist

1N = balanced, even 5332

2 = asks

2 = any 5332

2 = asks

2/N/3 = 5//

relay = asks l/m/h doub.

3// = 5 l/m/h doubleton

2 = any 4333

2 = asks ascending 4-crd'ers

2 = 4-4 non-touching (2N asks bid tripleton)

2N = 4-4 colored (3 asks ascending tripleton)

3Y = tripleton in 4432 same rank

2Y = 5+ suit, not 5332

2N = any 4441 (3 asks ascending singleton)

3Y = solid 7-crd suit

1N = 13-17 NT, no 5-crder

2 = asks

2 = 13-15 any 4432 (2 asks for shapes as below)

2 = 13-17 any 4333

2 asks

2N = 13-15 (3 asks ascending 4-crders)

3Y = 4-crder 15-17

2 = 15-17 4-4 non-touching (2N asks ascending 3-crder)

2N = 15-17 4-4 reds or blacks (3 asks ascending 3-crder)

3Y = 15-17 tripleton of 4-4 same rank

2Y = 13-17 5332

2 (in case of clubs, step up for others) = asks

2 = 13-15 (2 asks l/m/h doub)

2/N/3 = 15-17 l/m/h doub

2N = 15-17, any weak 7-crd suit

3Y = 15-17, good 7-crd suit

1 = 7-11, xfer to NT (no 5-crder)

2 = asks

2 = 7-9 any 4432 (2 asks shapes as below)

2 = 7-11 any 4333

2 = asks

2N = 7-9 any 4333 (3 asks ascending 4-crder)

3Y = 9-11 4-crds in suit bid

2 = 9-11 4-4 non-touching (2N asks bid tripleton)

2N = 9-11 4-4 colored (3 asks ascending tripleton)

3Y = 9-11 tripleton in 4-4 same rank

1N/2/2/2 = transfers, 7-11 5/// -(332)

2 asks (club case, step up for other cases)

2 = 7-9 (2 asks l/m/h doubleton)

2/N/3 = 9-11 l/m/h doubleton

2 = 9-11, any solid 6-crd suit (2N asks which)

2N = 9-11, any weak 7-crd suit (3 asks which... 3N = )

3Y = 9-11, good 7-crd suit

1 = 13-17 HCP and (5-4+ non-touching, or any 4441, or any 5440 with void of rank of 5-crder)

(see P-1 cont's)

1 = 13-17, any 5-4+ reds or blacks (see 1 opening cont's)

1N = 13-17 any 5-4+ majors or minors (see P-1N cont's)

2Y = 13-17 6-crder, no side suit (see P-2Y cont's)

2N = 13-15 any bad 7-crder

3Y = 13-15, good 7-crder

1 = 0-6 any hand (see 1 opener cont's)

1 = 7-11 HCP, with

- 5-4+ non-touching suits

- any 4441

- any 5440 with void same rank as 5-crder

1 = relay

1N = 4441's or 5440's

2 = asks

2///N = 7-11 short ///

2 (over 2, step up for others) = relay

2 = 7-9 4144

2N = 9-11 4144

3 = 7-9 5044? (see below)

3 = 9-11 5044

3/// = 9-11, 5-crder in 5440

2 = 7-11 5-4, or 7-9 6-4 (2N asks 5-4 scheme)

2 = 7-11 5-4, or 7-9 6-4 (2N asks 5-4 scheme)

2 = 7-11 5-4, or 7-9 6-4 ("")

2 = 7-11 5-4, or 7-9 6-4 ("")

2N = 7-11 5-5 nontouching (3 asks: cheap 2 suits are 7-9, higher 2 suits 9-11)

3 = 9-11 6-4 (rel for hising/losing/hivoid/lovoid)

3 = 9-11 6-4 (rel for hising/losing/lovoid and hivoid[4 endsignal])

3 = 9-11 6-4 (rel for hising/losing and hivoid/lovoid[4 RKC for ] or set with 4)

3/N = 9-11 6-4, h/l short

4 = sets (then ask yes/no void with non-4 relay RKC for )

4 = sets (then ask yes/no void with 4 to play and 4N RKC for )

1N = natural, discouraging

2/// = minimum, discouraging, NF

2N = fast ask for the cheapest suit

3Y = natural, invitational

3N = fast ask for the cheapest suit

1 = 7-11 5-4+ same color ( see 1 opener for rebids)

1N = 7-11 5-4+ majors or minors

2 = asks

2 = minors, not max 6-4

2 = asks

2 = 7-11 5-4 scheme

2N = 7-11 5-5

3 = asks

3 = 7-9, not 3055 (3 asks hising/losing/hivoid)

3 = 9-11 3055 (3 asks min/max)

3/N/4 = 9-11 hising/losing/hivoid

3+ = 5-4 scheme

2 = 7-11 5-4 or 7-9 6-4

2N = asks

3 = 7-9 5-4 (3 asks shapes below)

3 = 7-9 6-4 (majors scheme)

3//N = 9-11 5-4 n/h/l sing

4/ = 9-11 5440 hi void / lo void

2 = 7-11 5-4 or 7-9 6-4 (2N asks as after 2)

2N = 7-11 5-5 majors (3 asks as after 5-5 minors above)

3 = 9-11 6-4 (hs/ls/hv/lv)

3 = 9-11 6-4 (hs/ls/hv and lv[4 endsignal])

3 = 9-11 6-4 (relay sets and asks hs/ls/hv/lv [cheapest non-4 RKC for ], others cue for )

3/N = 9-11 6-4 h/l shortage (see 6-4 majors)

2/// = 7-11 6-crds, no side suit

2 (over 2, step up for others) = asks

2 = 7-9 (2 asks n/l/m/h shortage. After no shortage, rel asks l/m/h tripleton)

2 = 9-11 6322 (rel asks l/m/h tripleton)

2N/3/3 = 9-11 l/m/h sing

2N = 7-9, any weak 7-crd suit (3 asks for suit, NT = )

3Y = 7-9, good 7-crd suit

3N = any solid 7-crd suit

 

Opening 1 (8-12 balanced [all 5332's included], or 10-12 any 7-crd suit)

Responses:

1 = 13+ relay

1 = 8-12 4

2 = asks

2 = 8-10 4-4 (2 relays for shapes below)

2 = 8-12 3433 (relay for min/max)

2 = 10-12, 4-4 nontouching (relay for ascending tripletons)

2N = 10-12, 4-4 reds or blacks (relay for ascending tripletons)

3/ = 10-12, 4-4 same rank, ascending tripletons

1 = 8-12 4

2 = asks (see above structure without the 4-4 same rank, exactly the same otherwise)

1N = 8-12 no 4-crd major or any 5-crder

2 = asks

2 = 8-10 4-4 minors (rel for shapes below)

2 = 8-12 4m333

2 = asks

2N = 8-10 (rel for ascending 4-crders)

3/ = 10-12 4-crders

2/N = 10-12 4-4 minors ascending tripletons

2Y = 8-12, 5332

2 relay (adjust for others) = asks

2 = 8-10 (rel for l/m/h doubleton)

2/N/3 = 10-12 l/m/h doubleton

2N = 10-12 any weak 7-crd suit (3 asks for it)

3Y = 10-12, good 7-crd suit

2N = 5-5 minors preemptive, or a 7-crd major, invit

1 = 0-12 HCP, 4+ suit

2 = 10-12 3

2 = 10-12 4

2 = 8-10 4

1 = 0-12 HCP, 4+ suit

2// as above

1N = 7-12 no major

2m = 0-12 HCP, 5+ suit

2M = preempitve, 5+ suit

2N = minor preempt, or 16+ bal with 1+ majors

3m = invite to 3N with good suit

Opening 1 (Any 0-7 hand that can't preempt [not Ace and King])

Responses:

1/ = up to 21 HCP, 3+ cards

1N = 19-21

2 = standard strong 2

2 = double-negative, or max balanced that doesn't want to declare NT

2/ = max, 5+ suit

2N = max, bal (3 = transfer stayman)

3/ = max 5+ suit

2 = weak Multi, one major

2/ = constructive 6+ suit

2N = weak minor preempt or constructive major preempt

3/ = constructive

3/ = preemptive

 

Opening 1 (8-12 HCP, any 5-4+ black-red, any 4441, or any 5440 where void is same rank as 5-crd suit)

Responses:

1 = relay

1N = majors or minors

2 = asks (see P-1N)

2 = non-touching, 5m-4M

2 = asks

2 = 4-5

2 = 4-5 (follow 5-4 scheme)

2 = 3-suiters

2 = asks

2 = min, not short

2N = asks

3/ = short / (rel asks 4441/4405)

3/ = short 4441/0544

2N = short min or max

3 = asks

3 = sing/SING/void/VOID

3/ = max short / (rel asks 4441/4405)

3/ = max short 4441/4405

2/ = non-touching 5M-4m (follow 5-4 scheme)

2N = 5-5 non-touching (relay for natural min/min/max/max)

3 = 9-11 6-4 (hs/ls/hv/lv)

3 = 9-11 6-4 (hs/ls/lv and hv[4 end-signal])

3 = 9-11 6-4 (rel agrees asks hs/ls and hv/lv [4 RKC for ], 4 sets )

3/N = 9-11 6-4 h/l shortage (ask y/n void via 4 sets , 4 sets [but 4 still signoff])

1N = to play if non-touching suits

2Y = nat NF

2N = quick-ask for cheapest suit (must be 4-4 reds or blacks at least)

 

Opening 1 (8-12 HCP, 5-4+ reds or blacks)

Responses:

1N = relay

2 = 8-12 5-4 or 8-10 6-4

2N = ask

3 = 5-4 minimum (3 asks for n/h/l shortage)

3 = 6-4 minimum (3 asks hising/losing/lovoid/hivoid)

3//N = 5-4 maximum n/h/l shortage

2 = 8-12 5-4 or 8-10 6-4 (see above)

2 = 8-12 5-4 or 8-10 6-4 (see above)

2 = 8-12 5-4 or 8-10 6-4 (see above)

2N = 8-12, 5-5 reds or blacks

3 = asks

3/ = reds min/max

3/N = blacks min/max

3 = 10-12 6-4 (hs/ls/hv/lv)

3 = 10-12 6-4 (hs/ls/lv and hv[4 to play, 4 end-signal, others spiral RKC])

3 = 10-12 6-4 (rel sets asks hs/ls and hv/lv[4 RKC], 4 sets )

3/N = 10-12 6-4 h/l shortage (ask y/n void via 4 sets , 4 sets [4 signoff though])

2Y = strong suggestion to play

2N = fast ask for cheapest suit (guarantees a 4-crd fit)

 

Opening 1N (12-14 balanced)

Responses

2 = Stayman

2red = transfer

2 = transfer to , or invite to 3N

2N = transfer to

3 = 5-5 minors weak

3 = 5-5 majors GF

3 = 5-5 majors invit

3 = 5-5 minors GF

3N = to play

4 = Gerber

4/ = texas

4N = invit

 

1N-

2

2 = no major

2 = weak 4-crds unalanced, looking for best partial

2 = preference (2N = 1444, 3m = 5crds)

2 = weak 4-crds unbalanced

2N = invite

3 = re-stayman

3 = 4-5 1-suiter (3 asks 4/5 )

3 = 4-5 1-suiter (3 asks 4/5 )

3/N = tripleton / in 4432

3M = smolen (with 6-4, can transfer to 6-crd over 3N signoff)

2 = cheapest major

2 = weak 4-crds unbalanced (4144 or 4-5m)

2N = invite

3 = re-stayman

3 = 4 (3 asks / tripleton)

3 = 3433

3/N = 4/

3 = fit, natural (3N could be better)

2 = cheapest major

2N = invite

3 = re-stayman

3 = 4 (3 asks l/h tripleton)

3 = 4-3

3 = 4333

3N = 4-3

3 = fit, natural (3N could be better)

2

2 = normal (2/N = invite, 3m = forcing)

2N = max, HHx or better (re-transfers and 3 shows )

3 = max, Hxxx or better (re-transfer)

3 = min, 4

2

see 2, but 3 rebid is invite

 

2

2N/3 = min/max

2N

3 = max with fit

3 = normal

 

Runouts when doubled

 

It is almost obligatory to remove 1N with 0-3 HCP when the enemy doubles. This is done through Stayman or transfers.

 

Over a direct double:

Pass = forces XX, then

Pass = to play, sets up forcing pass

2m = -M or -

2M = 5M-4-3

XX = forces 2, then

Pass = or 444-1 (when/if enemy doubles this, XX by responder shows the 3-suiter)

2// = to play ( is mildly constructive)

2// = lower of touching 4+-4+

2 = weak to play

2N = any constructive 6+-5+

 

Over a balancing double, responder bids naturally or XX's to play.

 

Natural Interference

X = penalty

2 higher suit = to play

2N = lower signoff, or GF Stayman (eventually bid lower of M or cue[no stopper])

cue = asks stopper

3m = invite

3M = GF 5+ crds

 

Opening 2 (5-9 weak 2 either minor)

Responses:

2 = frag ask

2 = 3, not 3

2N = asks

3/ = 6/ no shortage

3/ = 6/ short oM

2 = 3, not 3 (2N asks as above)

2N = 3-3 (3 asks / suit)

3m = 6m-3om-2-2

2M = NF but raisable with max and fit

2N = really weak invite, to play

3/4/5 = p/c

3// = semiforcing

 

Opening 2 (10-12 weak 2 either major, no side suit)

Responses:

2 = p/c

2 = p/c, invite+ for

2N = relay

3/ = / unbalanced (relay asks l/m/h short)

3M = nat, 6322

3N = solid suit

 

Opening 2 (5-9 weak 2 either major)

Responses:

2 = p/c

2N = relay (see 2-2N)

 

Opening 2 (10-12 good 6-crd minor, no side suit)

Responses:

2N = invit opposite a max or very good suit

3/4/5 = p/c

3 = relay

3/ = /

3N = solid suit

3M = forcing

 

Opening 3N (solid 7+ minor, no side suit)

Responses:

4/5 = p/c to play

4 = strong shortage ask

4/ = shortage

4N = 7222

5m = natural, short other minor

4M = to play

4N = slam probe for extras

5m = natural

5M = 8-crd minor, void M

5N = 8-crd minor, no void

6m = 8-crd minor, void om

 

Opening 4 (9 tricks in hearts)

Responses:

4 = inquiry

4 = 7-crds

4 = asks shortness

4N = no shortness

5// = short // (5 asks if it's a void: no/yes)

4 = 8-crds (4N asks for shortness as above)

4N+ = 9-crds, void-showing as above, if any

After the above, a new suit at the 6-level (5N = ) asks for the Queen of that suit for grand

4 = to play

 

Opening 4 (9 tricks in spades)

As above, but 4N/5N is the second/third ask, and rebidding trumps is the 'no-shortness'.

 

 

Slam-bidding

In relay auctions, after complete or incomplete shape-showing, a break to 3N is to play, 4 is the end-signal to prepare a signoff (forces 4), and other suit bids are spiral-RKC for (in steps) the longest-to-shortest suits (in case of tie, lowest is first).

 

RKC style is determined by strength range of the responder to the RKC:

6-11 HCP: 1, 1+Q, 0/3, 2, 2+Q

12+ HCP: 2/5, 1/4, 0/3, 2+Q, 3+Q

 

The next ask can be for whatever you want because I can't be sure of the translation of the recommended treatment. Since the level may be quite low, one possibility is a spiral scan (trump Q, side kings long-to-short, side queens long-to-short, trump J). Or normal RKC style cue-kings. Or maybe asking-bids (of which the recommended treatment I couldn't translate was one).

 

The 5-4+ Scheme

Restated from the detailed relays is the general shape-showing of 5-4+ (if 6-4 then min) shapes.

2N is always the relay, then:

3 = 5-4 min (3 asks n/h/l short)

3 = 6-4 min (3 asks hising/losing [except 6-4 majors] and voids acc. to charts below)

3+ = 5-4 max n/h/l short

 

The 6-4-3-0's (not both majors, see below)

6-4 or 6-4: h/l void (if void, 4 end-signal, others spiral-RKC)

6-4 or 6-4: l/h void (if void, 4 to play, 4 end-signal, others spiral-RKC)

6-4 or 6-4: l/h void (if void, 4 end-signal, others spiral-RKC)

6-4 or 6-4: l/h void (if void, 4 to play, 4 end-signal, others spiral-RKC)

6-4 or 6-4: l/h void (if void, 4 end-signal, others spiral-RKC)

 

6-4 Majors

3 = hi shortage

4 = sets (asks void/sing then signoff or Kickback for )

4 = sets (asks void/sing then signoff or Kickback for )

3N = lo shortage

4/ as above