Add "support points" for shortness in side suits that do not also contain possibly non-working honors. For example, a side suit void may be awarded as much as 5 support points, especially when accompanied by a fourth trump. A singleton receives 3 support points and a doubleton 1 point. The singleton ace would now be worth a total of 7 points, but the singleton queen is worth either 2 HCP or 3 support points, but not both. When adding for support points, do not also include extra value for side suit length - - one or the other, but not both. Lacking appropriate support for the major, bid a new suit, four cards or longer at the one level If you cannot do either of the above, bid 1NT non-forcing.
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The object is to provide a simple, modern method that will lead to a good, solid understanding in a partnership when both players have read this booklet. The beauty of this type of game is that players know in advance not only their own bidding agreements, but those of their opponents.
The game is free of complex bidding systems. There are few Alerts and Announcements none unexpected , and there should be a minimum of director calls. Players are free to assign forcing, invitational or non-forcing meanings to natural calls in such sequences.
They are not, however, free to introduce their own sophisticated methods in these undefined areas. Contestants are encouraged to adhere to both the letter and the spirit of this game. Players may still exercise their bridge judgments, such as opening a four-card major in third seat.
Players who routinely open a four-card major in third seat, however, are not adhering to the spirit of this game. Similarly, partnerships that prefer to use light initial actions are expected to adjust their requirements or enter a concurrent General Conventions Chart event.
Psychs are a sensitive subject to players in this type of game. A very rare, totally unexpected psych is not illegal, but players who wish to psych with any degree of frequency are encouraged to enter other games. Please read the booklet before entering the game and understand that you have agreed to play the system as described. Open the higher of long suits of equal length: 5—5 or 6—6. Normally open 1D with 4—4 in the minors. Normally open 1C with 3—3 in the minors. Notrump openings show a balanced hand and can be made with a five-card major suit or a five-card minor suit.
Standard American (SAYC) Bidding Lessons
FULL STANDARD AMERICAN YELLOW CARD (SAYC) CONVENTION CARD
SAYC (Standard American Yellow Card)