A. DownLoad or view TED'S COMPLETE HANDBOOK REFERENCE TO BIDDING
DownLoad/View My PDF Book here.
B. ACCEPTED BIDDING CONVENTIONS & REJECTED BIDDING CONVENTIONS.
Some bidding conventions are based upon logic & provide good information in an efficient manner.
Others do not and are completely useless & space consuming with respect to the whole.
The conventions that I encourage are: INVERTED MINORS, LEBENSOHL, BERGEN RAISES, 2-WAY DRURY,
WESTERN CUE, IMMEDIATE CUED LIMIT RAISES, SUPPORT DOUBLES, 2D MINI-ROMAN, HAMILTON/LANDY.
I have also introduce some modifications &/or reinterpretation of existing bid sequencess which include:
- The FORCING 1C OPENING. EITHER 12-18 POINTS OR 25+ POINTS.
RESPONDER'S 1D BID IS A BUST BID WITH UNER 6 POINTS.
IF OPENER HAS 25+ POINTGS HE CAN FORCE TO GAME BY MAKING AN UNUSUAL JUMP
OR BY GOING DIRECTLY TO ACE ASKING BIDS.
- 2C OPENINGS REDUCED TO 19-24 POINTS (PROMISES 3 STOPPERS).
- 2D COMBO OPENING BEING EITHER WEAK OR STRONG (19-24 POINTS) MINI ROMAN
- OPENER JUMP SHIFTS REDUCED TO 16-18 POINTS.
- OPENER REVERSE BIDS REDUCED TO 16-18 POINTS.
- An extension of JACOBY TRANSFERS which I call DOUBLE (ROLLING) TRANSFERS TO CLUBS.
- A LOW-LEVEL STAYMAN convention that replaces PUPPET STAYMAN.
- IMMEDIATE REVERSE BERGEN RAISES IN RESPONSE TO 1H OR 1S OPENING.
- 1D OPENING PROMISING A 5+ CARD DIAMOND SUIT. (CAN TREAT THE SAME AS A 5+ CARD MAJOR OPENING.)
- IMMEDIATE 2NT & 3C REVERSE BERGEN RAISES IN RESPONSE TO 1D OPENING.
- 1C FORCING OPENING RESPONSES, INCLUDING:
1D BUST BID WITH UNDER 6 POINTS,
2D, 2H & 2S LIGHT JUMP SHIFTS OF 6-9 POINTS,
2C INVERTED CLUB RAISE FORCING WITH 10+ POINTS,
2NT COMBO LEBENSOHL WHERE RESPONDER HAS 6+ CLUBS WITH 6-7 POINTS,
3C INVERTED CLUB RAISE WHERE RESPONDER HAS 6+ CLUBS WITH 8-9 POINTS.
- AN IMMEDIATE 2NT COMBO LEBENSOHL/BERGEN IN RESPONDING TO ANY SUIT OPENING AT THE 1-LEVEL.
(REQUIRES OPENER TO BID 3C AS RELAY.)
(RESPONDER CAN HAVE 6+ CLUBS WITH 6-9 PTS OR 4+ DIAMONDS WITH 10-12 PTS.)
- THRESHHOLD CROSS-OVER BIDS that require extra values in a hand to bid to the next level.
- An enhancement to GERBER called REJECTED MINOR ACE ASKING or MINOR-WOOD.
The use of 3014 RESPONSES (ACE COUNT ONLY) to all ace asking conventions.
- The inclusion of an ARTIFICIAL BUST BID (aka. LITTLE BIG FOOT) in responding to TAKE-OUT DOUBLES.
- A MINOR SUIT CONTROL ASKING SUITE AFTER STAYMAN
- A NEW 2C OPENING STOPPER RESPONSE SYSTEM. (Superceeds BIGFOOT, STEPS, & 2D WAITING)
Many in the bridge community will rebel at my solutions. If that is not enough, now comes the
the point where I am going to absolutely outrage those "advanced" players who have become so
entrenched and comfortable with their absolutely ridiculous conventions.
I herein enumerate those wasteful & ridiculous conventions as follows:
1. A 1NT OPENING OF 15-17 POINTS, A 2NT OPENING OF 20-21 POINTS, & THE BALANCED 18-19 POINT "SLIVER" BID
SEQUENCE IS COMPLETE NONSENSE & UNNECESARY BICKERING OVER 1 POINT. NO MORE 1C -> 1S -> 2N SEQUENCES
TO SHOW A BALANCED HAND. IT COMPLETELY DESTROYS THE FULL USE OF STAYMAN AND JACOBY TRANSFERS.
2. JACOBY 2NT WITH 13-15 PTS. WHO MADE YOU CAPTAIN? YOU SHOULD HAVE 16+ HIGH CARD POINTS & SINCE
THAT WOULD COME UP SO INFREQUENTLY, I RECOMMEND USING 2NT AS A LEBENSOHL MINOR SUIT PREEMPT
WHEN USING REVERSE BERGEN RAISES.
INSTEAD OF JACOBY 2NT, WITH 13-15 POINTS BALANCED & 4+ CARD SUPPORT, USE ACOL GAME LIMIT RAISE.
3. OPENING 4-CARD MAJORS. WOW, I GUESS YOU JUST LIKE TAKING UP A LOT OF BIDDING ROOM BEFORE FINDING A FIT.
4. TWO-OVER-ONE RESPONSES & 1NT FORCING. IT IS BASED UPON LAZINESS & A FALSE SENSE OF COMMUNICATION
THAT ISEASILY DESTROYED BY AN IMMEDIATE OVERCALL.
5. PUPPET STAYMAN OVER 1NT. HEY, JUST OPEN YOUR 5-CARD MAJOR THEN JUMP TO NO-TRUMP.
6. FLANERY. WHY ARE YOU TAKING UP SO MUCH BIDDING ROOM TO AVOID A REVERSE BID?
WHAT'S THE MATTER, YOU AFRAID TO PASS 1NT IF PARTNER DOES NOT BID 1S OVER YOUR 1H.
7. 19-21 POINT JUMP SHIFTS and/or REVERSES (reduced to 16-18 points by a 19+ point 2C opening).
8. 2D WAITING response to 2C opening. "CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU". "HELLO".
9. ROMAN KEY CARD. COUNTING A KING AS AN ACE IS VERY MISLEADING.
10. JORDAN. IF YOU PLAY BERGEN OVER INTERFERENCE, YOU DON'T NEED JORDAN.
11. GAME RAISE PREEMPTS. SO IF YOU PLAY BERGEN, WHY DO YOU NEED A 4-LEVEL PREEMPT
WHEN YOU HAVE A 3-LEVEL PREEMPT?
12. CONVENIENT MINOR & 4-CARD 1D OPENINGS. IF YOU PLAY 5-CARD 1D OPENINGS, YOU WILL HAVE BETTER
PROTECTION WHEN PARTNER IS BROKE.
These conventions are considered to be unnecessary, confusing and consuming of bids that can be better utilized.
C. TED'S BIDDING SYSTEM.
01. OPENING POINT COUNT SCALE AND OPENING BIDDING MATRIX.
02.THIS MATRIX OUTLINES HOW TO OPENING BID THE 6 HAND SHAPES VS. POINT COUNT.
03. TED'S 1C COMBO 25+ POINT GAME-IN-HAND FORCING OPENING.
04. TED'S 2C STRONG (19-24 POINT) OPENING & RESPONSE BIDDING SYSTEM.
05. TED'S 2D COMBO WEAK/STRONG (19-24 POINTS) MINI-ROMAN FORCING OPENING.
The 2D Opening can be the start of many different conventions, among which are:
FLANNERY, MEXICAN, MINI-ROMAN, and more commonly a preemptive WEAK 2 bid.
We must ask, what if the opener has a 19-24 point 3-suited hand of 4-4-4-1 or 5-4-3-1?
Using a 2C STRONG opening appears to be the only option for bidding this hand shape,
but the subsequent bidding can get very messy. Is there not another way?
What I suggest is combining the WEAK 2D bid with MINI-ROMAN. So how?
06. TED'S RECAP OF NO TRUMP OPENINGS & MINOR SUIT TRANSFERS.
The basic STAYMAN & JACOBY TRANSFERS remain the same as standard. But I have added a consistent transfer
to the minors. These minor suit (ROLLING) transfers give the ability to use the same logic over 1N or 2N.
Over a 2N opening, how would you normally transfer to 4D to allow opener to be declarer? Answer, there is no way.
You can't bid 4C, because that is ace asking. And a 3S transfer to 4C, follwed by a 4D bid does not do it.
So my way is the only way. But it requires the 2S/1N & the 3S/2N to be transfers to diamonds.
For a club transfer, you must use the double transfer technique described in the following.
07. TED'S MAJOR SUIT OPENINGS AT THE 1-LEVEL AND RESPONSES.
08. TED'S MINOR SUIT OPENINGS AT THE 1-LEVEL AND RESPONSES.
09. TED'S RECAP OF WEAK OPENING PREEMPTS & RESPONDER BIDS.
10. TED'S REJECTED MINOR SUIT ACE ASKING. (AKA. MINOR-WOOD)
These are 4C or 4D ace asking bids using the least desirable minor suit. Only the Captain can ask for aces.
This makes it possible to keep the bidding lower while target slam in a minor suit.
It can also be used in targeting a slam in any contract, a trump suit or no-trump.
How would you ask for kings in targeting a 7C contract using 4N BalckWood?
11. CONTENTION BIDDING & TED'S ARTIFICIAL BUST BID (LITTLE BIG FOOT) IN RESPONSE TO A TAKE-OUT DOUBLE .
A non-jump, non-cued response is weak showing only 0-9 points. But 0-9 points is a big spread.
Therefore, this helps to break up a weak response into 0-5 points as opposed to 6-9 points.
If respondent bids the next suit up, then he is weak. Any suit above that without jumping is 6-9 points.
D. SOME QUICK BASIC BIDDING TIPS
2. On your very first bid, DO NOT COUNT doubletons, singletons or voids as part of your high card point count.
Only upgrade your point count later after you find a suit fit with partner. If you have 9's & 10's, give yourself
an extra point to resolve any ambiguity about being in the middle or on the high side of your 3-point range.
It is for this reason that a 12 point hand can be opened as a 13 point hand & a 15 point hand can be opened as 16 points.
3. RESPONDER- DO NOT PREEMPT YOUR PARTNER'S OPENING BID.
If your partner opens the bidding with a 1 level suit bid, then do not jump on your first bid
unless you are weak. Giving a jump bid to your partner's opening bid disrupts your partner's ability
to give a jump on his 2nd bid to show you a 16-18 point hand as opposed to having only 13-15 points.
It is sufficient that you give a non-jump bid in a new suit (other than your partner's & not in NT)
to force your partner to bid again. You are then clear to do whatever you like after your partner's
2nd bid. It makes no difference how big your hand is. There is no excuse for cutting off your opening
partner's ability to describe his point count and shape on his 2nd bid.
4. GENERALLY SPEAKING, RESPONDER SHOULD NOT CROSS OVER A POSSIBLE BID IN NO-TRUMP TO BID A NEW SUIT AT OR
ABOVE THE 2-LEVEL WITHOUT AT LEAST 10 POINTS.
OPENER SHOULD NOT SHOW A NEW SUIT AT THE 3-LEVEL WITHOUT 16 OR MORE POINTS, UNLESS RESPONDER HAS
ALREADY BID AT THE 3-LEVEL.