'Attack is the best Defence'


   

A much modified Roman  defence idea - that of treating the 'unusual with the unusual'.  The raison etre is that natural bidding  tends to bid FOR the opponents.

Defence to artificial 1! strong

Against precision or other strong club systems:

See TRAP.

Defence to other alerted 1! (e.g. possible shortness) NOT STRONG

If Clubs is your only 5 card suit bid 2 it requires 10+ HCP
With 5-5 or better use BETA's specialised overcalls showing both suits.

With 15+ HCP and 6 cards in any of: ♥ |♠ & 4 cards in Diamonds specifically bid 1N! and rebid 3 |♠  See 1NT o'call  for details

Defence to an alerted 1! (e.g. Precision 1)

This bid may not have anything to do with Diamonds  

A further flaw in strong club systems is that they have to give up 1 as an  artificial bid too! As they invariably play 5 card majors, so if they have a 4 card major they may well be opening 1 in order to hear what their partner has to say. Well BETA enjoys disrupting this!If in possession of 5+ card Diamonds and not a 5-5 or 6-4 hand: bid 2it requires 10+HCP
With 5-5 or better use BETA's specialised overcalls showing both suits.

With 15+ HCP and 6 cards in any of: ♥ |♠| & 4 in Clubs specifically bid 1N! and rebid 3 |♠|  See 1NT o'call  for details

A further flaw in strong club systems is that they have to give up 1 as an  artificial bid too! As they invariably play 5 card majors, if they have a 4 card major they may well be opening 1 in order to hear what their partner has to say.

Again, aim to cramp their style so we do not overcall in our major suit - that would only help them, Instead follow this schema:

This is somewhat experimental (however I used it with encouraging results in India where Strong Club openings are rampant!)
Note: we have a symmetry between reacting to 1! and 1!
In the following you can replace both '' with '' and '' with ''
 
The following can be used over either 1
! or 1! opening 12-15.
This will give their system a situation their system was not designed to cope with!
The concept behind this is to treat an 'obscure' opening minor with 1-level bids that obscure opponents view of Majors! and rob them of a 1-level response.

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The following is my experimental notes - ignore plsIf used over artificial 1! too (this generally is used to explore major 4 card fits so 1NT removes level 1 bids from the opposition without giving them information of any major we may hold). 1-1Can possibly be used  to show a 16+ balanced hand T-O,  2 should always be used to show a natural Club suit 5+ possibly in protective position too.

& above, are as usual see defensive bidding.
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