More info on SAYC: ACBL SAYC System Booklet and ACBL Standard Yellow Card (both in PDF format). See also: Full SAYC convention card. SAYC Bridge Conventions. Here are some of the conventions that should be played under normal circumstances. Trying to put all we play in one place in a. Standard American is a bidding system for the game of bridge widely used in North America promulgated by the American Contract Bridge League. SAYC is widely used in internet bridge play, but only rarely in on-site tournament play.

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With a maximum, opener bids a new suit to show a feature – – an outside ace or protected king. Pairs choose from the following options. In response to a fourth suit forcing bid opener will: Is to play if the opponents double an artificial bid by your bridbe e. Notrump openings show a balanced hand and can be made with a five-card major suit or a five-card minor suit.

SAYC (Standard American Yellow Card)

Top of touching honors against suit contracts. He should not pass, since opener could have 18 points just short of a jump shift rebid. Blackwood 4NT is used to ask for aces.

If made at the three level it shows a maximum hand. In response, all systems are on.

Jump shift into a second suit four cards or longer. A rebid of 3NT denies side shortness and shows points. With more than one four card suit, bid up the line. This is often used to show a game-forcing raise: Lacking appropriate support for the major, bid a new suit, four cards or longer at the one level If you cannot do either of the above, bid 1NT non-forcing.


Standard American

When responder holds a long major suit, it is appropriate to transfer with no strength, planning to pass when aayc accepts the transfer. Bid normally Balancing fourth seat bids mean much the same as their direct seat counterparts, but can be lighter. Weak two-bids in diamonds, hearts and spades. If responder has bid a suit at the one level, he next determines whether he wishes to sign off in a partscore, invite game, sign off in game, or dayc to game and get more information about opener’s hand.

Jacoby bride showing a five-card suit are used for the majors. Cue bidding may be employed to investigate slam once a trump suit has been agreed. A 3-level bid in a previously mentioned suit.

Bids that carry special meaning are as follows: Reopening bids mean much the same as direct seat bids, though they can be lighter at the minimum end.

Opening leads are generally: If you feel your hand would have been worthy of an overcall had RHO opened, then it is usually worthy of a light opening bid in third seat. Responses of 2NT and 3NT are standard: With a fit for partner’s major suit, responder should revalue his holding. In response to Stayman, opener shows a four-card or longer major suit if he holds one. The lead of a king asks for attitude. Distributional points are added for every suit containing more than four cards, each card beyond four being worth 1 point First and Second seat borderline openers follow the Rule of A below-game jump response to a takeout double is invitational.


Open the higher of long suits of equal length: Fourth Suit Forcing possibly artificial bid of fourth suit, forcing for one round. Add total HCP to the number of cards in your two longest suits. The opponents double an artificial bid: No outside four-card major as you may miss a major suit fit.

SAYC Bridge Conventions

If the opponents double, all conventional responses are “on. Accordingly, when two passes follow an overcall, opener should strain to reopen with a double when holding less than three cards in the suit of the overcall.

The second hand, with 9 of the 11 HCP in spades is fine. All other systems are off. There is nothing ‘new’, per se, which an ACOL player would be surprised by. Responder shows a six-card suit or longer and normally will hold 2 of the top 3 honors in the suit. Most tournament pairs now assemble their own system from a variety of new treatments and conventions that have evolved.

A jump raise to the three level is a limit raise, showing three or four-card support. Attempt to sign off in game. With a minimum hand opener may: