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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Holding in the majors: A cue bid of opener’s suit shows a limit raise or better in overcaller’s suit. If in response to a minor, it shows adequate trump support and denies a four-card major. Officially, the ACBL does not make this distinction.

Jump raise points and four-card support or better. Whether 4th best, or 5th best leads are used. Is to play if the opponents double an artificial bid by your side e. To force, responder cuebids opener’s suit. The final contract may be in notrump, and even if the partnership plays in the minor, you may end up ruffing with the long trump suit.

Bid a new suit, four cards or longer, at the one level. This is due to the fact that opener may, of necessity, be concealing a medium hand of points.


With a Minimum Hand: Attempt to sign off in game. Responding hands containing long suits should be upgraded, as they contain more trick-taking power than flat holdings.

Jump to Quick Index. 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. Bridgw passes when holding clubs. DOPI double with no aces, pass with one ace and with more bid naturally. Bid three of the major with a good supporting hand Double for penalty Pass.

Standard American

Cue bids of opening preempts are also Michaels. This is a wide range but there will not usually be a game on for you. Bid NT to show a stopper in the fourth suit.

Jump in no-trump; Double jump raise in responder’s suit or double jump rebid of opener’s suit; Jump shift in a new suit.

Take your HCP and add the number of spades in your hand.

SAYC Bridge Conventions

If RHO bids over the double then responder to the double may: Responses show the number of aces by steps. Double for penalty Pass Make a normal rebid.

Other bids deny a short suit. Raising partner’s major suit remains your primary duty. Note the high end of the range is precautionary in that some 11 HCP hands, particularly if partner is an unpassed hand, can be too strong for a weak two. Normally open 1 with in the minors. At the one level a major suit overcall may be made bride a four-card holding of exceptional quality.


S.A.Y.C.: Bridge Bidding Convention

A 2-level bid in a previously mentioned suit. Normally open five-card majors in all seats. If a transfer is doubled, opener may: With an Invitational Hand: With game forcing values, transfer to spades and then bid 3. If the former, opener will raise to game with sauc values. Rebids with a medium hand points: Sign off in a game contract. Pass with any decent holding.

It is possible to open a weak two with a poor seven-card suit not good enough to open with at the three level. A bid says, “I’m bidding voluntarily, so I have a real fit with you.

Lacking a feature he raises to 3NT, allowing partner to place the contract or bids a side suit of four cards or more headed by the queen. Responses of 2NT and 3NT are standard: A second round jump raise of partner’s major suit opening bid is a game force.

Standard American as a base. In response to a fourth suit forcing bid opener will: 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 Shows a good hand if the opponent’s double was for takeout e. Responder can bid 2NT over a major suit cuebid to ask for partner’s minor.