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Standard Bridge

This is the system of bidding and carding agreements taught by Richard Pavlicek. Only the most basic conventions (Stayman, strong artificial 2 C bid, weak two-bids, negative doubles, Blackwood & Gerber) are included although others may be added as desired. The outline follows the ACBL convention card.

General Approach

Standard with 5 Card Majors
Strong forcing opening: 2 C

Notrump Opening Bids

1 NT = 15 to 17 HCP
2 C = Stayman; if followed by:
2 H or 2 S = invitational

3 C or 3 D = game forcing

3 C or 3 D = weak (requires alert)
After a double:
all suit bids are natural to play

After an overcall:
all doubles are penalty

cue-bid of real suit = Stayman

2 NT = 20 to 22 HCP
3 C = Stayman

3 NT = 25 to 26 HCP
4 C = Stayman

Major Openings

5+ cards
Double raise = forcing (limit in competition)
1 NT = 6 to 10
2 NT = 13 to 16 (11-12 in comp.)
3 NT = 17 to 18

Minor Openings

3+ cards
Double raise = forcing (limit in competition)
1 NT = 6 to 10
2 NT = 13 to 16 (11-12 in comp.)
3 NT = 17 to 18
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Two-Club Opening

Strong (usually 23+) and artificial
2 D = 0 to 7 HCP
Other responses = 8+ HCP; natural

Weak Two-Bids

5 to 11 HCP; 6 cards (or strong 5)
2 NT only force; asks for feature if not minimum

Other Conventional Calls

Responder’s 2nd round jumps game forcing by unpassed hand
Two-over-one response shows 11+ points and promises a rebid (if below game)

Special Doubles

Negative through 4 D

Direct Notrump Overcalls

1 NT = 15 to 18 HCP (10 to 15 in passout)
Respond as to 1 NT opening

2 NT nonjump = 16 to 19 (14 to 17 in passout)
Respond as to 2 NT opening

2 NT jump = unusual for two lower unbid suits
3 NT = natural; may have 6+ card minor; all responses natural (except a cue-bid)

Simple Overcall

Typically 8 to 17 HCP
Simple response = 8-11
Jump response = invitational
Cue-bid response = game forcing

Vs. All Notrump Openings

Double = 14+ HCP (optional)
All suit bids = natural

Jump Overcall

Weak (like a weak two-bid or preemptive opening)
Respond as to same opening
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Over Opp’s Takeout Double

New suit = nonforcing
Jump raise = 8 to 10 points; 4+ trumps
Redouble = 10+ HCP or 11+ support points

Opening Preempts

Light; based on rule of 2, 3 or 4

Vs. Enemy Preempts

Double = takeout through 4 D
Double of 4 H, 4 S, 5 C or 5 D = optional
4 NT over 4 S = all suit takeout
4 NT over any other major bid = minors

Psychics

Rare (never initial actions)

Direct Cue-bid

Strong (equal to 2 C opening)

Slam Conventions

Gerber 4 C/5 C (must be a jump after partner has bid notrump)
Blackwood 4 NT

Opening Leads vs. Suits

Fourth best
Low from three small
King from A-K (except doubleton)
Standard honor leads

Opening Leads vs. Notrump

Fourth best
High from three small
Ace asks for unblock or count
Standard honor leads

Signals

Attitude when partner leads
Count when declarer leads
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