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SIMPLE STANDARD AMERICAN YELLOW CARD (SAYC) CONVENTION CARD

(This follows the EBU20A Convention Card format.)

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF SYSTEM
Bidding System: Standard American Yellow Card (SAYC) Simple Version
Leads: 4th highest, top of sequence (leads are variable by agreement)
Signals: Attitude
Discards: Attitude
Strength of 1NT openers: 15-17
2C Response to 1NT opener is: Stayman (Normally with a 4 card major)

FULL DESCRIPTION OF SYSTEM
OPENING BIDS
Opening bid Point range Min length Conventional
Meaning
Special
Responses
1C 12*-21 3 See notes 1-2 1NT response 6-10 HCP non-forcing
1D 12*-21 3 See notes 1-2 2NT response - see note 5
1H 12*-21 5 See notes 1-2 2 over 1 change of suit 11+
1S 12*-21 5 See notes 1-2  
1NT 15-17     Stayman, Other bids natural (see note 4)
2C 22+   Strong, artificial See note 3
2D 5-11 6   2NT is game interest. Opener bids
2H 5-11 6   a feature or 3NT if maximum.
2S 5-11 6   Change of suit forcing.
2NT 20-21     Stayman, other bids natural.
3NT 25-27     Stayman, other bids natural.
3 bids 6-10 7 Pre-emptive  
4 bids 6-10 8 Pre-emptive  

OVERCALLS
Simple Natural, wide-ranging. 8-16. Change of suit by responder non-forcing
Jump Weak - 6 card suit at 2 level. Usually 7 at 3 level.
Cue Bid Natural if ops have bid 2 suits
1NT Direct 15-18, responses: Stayman, natural as per 1NT opening
1NT Protective 10-15, responses: Stayman, natural as per 1NT opening
2NT Direct Natural
2NT Protective Natural

DEFENSIVE BIDS
Opponents open: Defensive methods:
Strong 1C Natural
Weak 1NT Double = Penalties, Overcalls are natural
Strong 1NT As above
Weak 2 Double = take-out
Weak 3 Double = take-out
4 of Minor Double = take-out
4 of Major Double = penalty
Multi 2D Natural

ACTION OPPONENTS INTERVENE WITH
Simple Overcall: Doubles are: Penalty
Bids are: New suit forcing
Jump Overcall: Doubles are: Penalty
  Bids are: New suit forcing
Double: Redouble is: 10+
  New suit is: Forcing at 1 level - not at 2 level
  Jump in new suit: Pre-emptive - to play
  Jump raise is: Pre-emptive
  2NT is: Good raise

SPECIAL USES OF DOUBLES:
Doubles of opening NT bids or NT overcalls are for penalties, following which all subsequent doubles are for penalties. Otherwise, all doubles of suit contracts up to and including 2S are for take-out. Eg 1S Dbl 2S Dbl - both doubles are for take-out
Doubles of artificial bids show the suit bid
Redoubles are SOS up to 3S except when an artificial bid has been doubled.

SLAM CONVENTIONS
Convention Meanings of Responses Action over interference
Blackwood 5C = 0/4, 5D = 1, 5H = 2, 5S = 3 aces D0P1
Gerber - see note 7 4D = 0/4, 4H = 1, 4S = 2, 4NT = 3 aces D0P1
5NT Grand Slam Force

OTHER CONVENTIONS
FSF (Fourth Suit Forcing) - but after 1C (No) 1D (No) 1H (No), 1S is natural and 2S is "Fourth suit"
UCBs (Unassuming Cue Bids) - opposite partner's overcall, a cue bid shows a good raise

OPENING LEADS
Normal leads against suit contracts: 2nd and 4th highest
AK AKx KQ10 KQx KJ10
K109 QJ10 QJx J10x 10xx
109x 987x 10xxx Hxxxx Hxxxxx
Hxxx Hxx xx xxx xxxx
Normal leads against NT contracts: 2nd and 4th highest
AKx(x) AJ10x KQ10 KQx KJ10
K109 QJ10 QJx J10x 10xx
10xxx 109x 987x Hxx Hxxxxx
Hxxxx Hxxx xx xxx xxxx

SIGNALS AND DISCARDS
Describe primary method. State alternatives in brackets
Signals on Partner's lead: Attitude: high = encouraging, low = discouraging
Signals on Declarer's lead: Attitude
Discards: Attitude
Exceptions to above: Count


SUPPLEMENTARY DETAILS
Note 1
 
Balanced Hands not 15-17:
With 4-4 in the minors, open 1D. With 3-3 in the minors, open 1C. 1D is only three cards if shape is 4432.
 
Unbalanced Hands:
Always open the longest suit
With two five-card-or-longer suits, always open the higher
 
Note 2
 
After a one-level response, 1NT = 13/16, 2NT = 19/21
 
Note 3
 
2C - 2D response is a relay but other bids are positive and specific (2NT=8points balanced)
2C - 2D - 2NT is 22-24
After 2C - 2D, bidding is forcing to 3 of opener's major or 4 of opener's minor.
 
Note 4
 
1NT (No) 2NT = Invitational to 3NT
1NT (No) 3C or 3D are invitational to 3NT with a 6+card suit
1NT (No) 3H or 3S are 6+ card suit with slam interest
 
After 1NT (Dbl), Stayman applies
After 1NT is overcalled, Stayman does not apply, but a cue bid is strong and Staymanic.
 
Note 5
 
2NT response to 1C or 1D opening bid is 13-15 and forcing; 3NT response is 16-17
 
Note 6
 
(Not used)
 
Note 7
 
Gerber is used only directly when partner has opened or rebid 1NT or 2NT. 5C asks for kings.