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WHICH BIDDING SYSTEM?
In most parts of the world, notably the US and many European countries, the bidding system is built around Five Card Majors.
There are various approaches to playing Five Card Majors, with one of the most popular being SAYC (Standard American Yellow Card) which is also the 'default' bidding system for Internet bridge. The bidding system used at No Fear Bridge is closely based on SAYC.
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When Responding With Four Card In Both Majors Bid Hearts First
When partner opens with 1 or 1 and we have exactly 4 cards in both majors, bid hearts first.
It doesn't matter that the hearts are weaker than the spades.
A 1 or 1 opening will very often be a balanced hand containing a four card major.
If we start with 1 it will be difficult to find the heart fit if partner has four hearts.
When we start with a 1 response there is no chance of missing a major suit fit as partner can either support hearts or bid 1 with 4 spades.
On this hand, if partner rebids 1NT, 2 or 2, we can happily continue with an invitational bid of 2NT, knowing that the partnership doesn't have a 4-4 spade fit. (If we had made the mistake of responding 1, we would be in difficulties, as the partnership might still have a 4-4 heart fit.)