How We Bid & Play
ACBL 1965 Life Master No. 6519
||It has been more than four decades since the first edition of our Strong Club Standard (SCS) bidding system was distributed, in 1957, among a circle of players in Milwaukee. With our move to the Twin Cities in 1962, the circle of SCS devotees was widened considerably to include a group of players in Minneapolis.
It is gratifying to know that during the ensuing 46 years, various strong club systems have gained ever-wider acceptance among many world-class as well as national and local players. It was very satisfying when, some six years later in 1963, Howard Schenken introduced his “Big Club” system, with the publication of his book Better Bidding in 15 Minutes. It is interesting to note that although he seemed to count only high card points, example distributional-type hands for his minimum one-club opener agree quite closely with our 18 total points.Then five years ago we published our first book on the subject. It's title: Strong Club Standard. That little volume is long sold out. In this current volume we have republished the contents of the original SCS book and have also included the play of the hand as well as defense. It is satisfying to know that our system has proven to be so sound that we have not needed to make a single significant change and that many of the world's greatest players have adopted its philosophy.
I. Master Hand Evaluation
II. Hands Too Weak for an Opening Bid of 1 C / Opening and Responses to the “Natural” No Trump • The “Hearts-First Principle
III. The “Weak” 1 D Bid / Examples of “Natural” Opening Bids on Hands with Less than 17 hcp or 18 total points
IV. Responses to 1 D, 1 H, 1 S, or 2 C Opener's / Rebids After Opening 1 D, 1 H, 1 S, or 2C
V. The Strong 1 C Opening Bid / Bidding in Competition and the Negative Double • Penalty or “Business” Doubles
VI. Overcalls / Takeout Doubles • Keeping the Bidding Open
VII. Higher Opening Bids / Weak Two Bids in the Majors • “Unusual” Opening 2 NT for the Minors •
The Pejsa 2 D Opener for the Majors • Opening Preemptive Three or Four Bids in the Majors • Opening 3 NT, 3 C, or 3 D Bids
VIII. Other Conventional Bids / Transfer Bids • The Landy Convention • The Blackwood and Gerber Conventions • The Grand Slam Force • The “Lightner Double” of Slams • The “Weak Suit Try” for Slam or Game
IX. Master Play of the Hand / Playing Card Combinations Correctly • Situations to Avoid • The “Strip-and-End Play” • The Crossruff • Squeeze Plays • The “Double” Squeeze or “Transfer” Squeeze • The “Dummy Reversal” • Counting the Hand and Placing Key Cards • Suit Division Percentage
X. Master Defense / Opening Leads • Lead of “Fourth Best” and the “Rule of 11” • Discards by Defenders • Defenders' Signals • Covering an Honor with an Honor
Appendix A. Brief Summary of Strong Club Standard
Appendix B. Brief Review of Standard American
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