SWISS bids are direct 4♣
jumps over an opening of 1♥
even with any opponent intervention.
Ex .: 1♥-2♦(opp)-4♣ OR
Beta we use 2N following an intervention in a TRUSTCOTT style showing 4
card support and a raise to at least the 3-level - operates
for minor as well as Major Beta openings!
These SWISS bids all show a Balanced hands NO V|S & (15)16+ HCP with good 4+ card support. for partner's major.
If a SWISS bid is made following an opponent's intervention then there can be a shortage in the opponents bid or implied suit.
SWISS bids are the antithesis of SPLINTERS! Splinters are not used in
this system in direct response to Opening bids --- However Splinters
are used in Beta over responder suit. E.g. 1♥
The difference between SWISS responses of 4♣
promises EXCEPTIONAL trump support usually 6+ HCP in the trump suit.
would reassure an opener who is concerned about the honour strength he
holds in his suit - who might well otherwise not attempt a slam.
who adore the splinter and abhor our non-use in direct
response to a Major opening should understand our policy that
responder has many ways to show a unbalanced hand in BETA, e.g
using DGR or a new suit with a jump, also
structuraly Beta needs
partner to show his own suit
in the first response (considered forcing on opener).
In Beta a strong balanced hand with 16+HCP without 4 card support for partner's opening suit may bid 2N baron.
to suit agreement, eg SWISS bids, or delayed support(limit bids), In
either case opener may continue to game or in Beta any new suit
following direct or implied suit agreement is automatically a cue-bid
(showing a control), inviting slam interest,
& TURBO NOT NLACKWOOD follows!
Note: Cue-bidding can show Singletons and
well as Aces & useful Kings!
BETA fundamentally believes that
responder shows his suit ASAP - this is important for many reasons -
E.g. it helps determine how well the hands fit. It also can bring to light a
useful double fit. Often critical too in deciding 'for or against' a SLAM venture!