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WHICH BIDDING SYSTEM?
Here at www.nofearbridge.com the bidding system used is American style Five Card Majors and Strong To Trump (1NT opening bid is 15-17 points).
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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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The Rule Of 15
The bidding has gone:
We are South and have Hand 1. Should we open the bidding?
It looks like the points are evenly distributed between both sides. It might be our contract but equally, if we open, it might allow the opponents to overcall and get to their part score. We might score better if we pass. The key is 'Who has the Spades?'.
To test if we have enough spades to open after 3 passes use the 'Rule of 15': Add our High Card Points (HCP) to the number of spades we hold. If the answer is 15 or more, open the bidding otherwise pass.
Hand 1 has 11 HCPs and 2 spades = 13. So we pass. If we opened 1 the chances are they would overcall 1!
Hand 2 is essentially the same hand but the suits are swapped around. Hand 2 has 11 HCPs and 5 spades = 16 so we are happy to open the bidding.