These pages (when they are done) will provide a basis for having a standard CMU System. Don't expect these to be typed in too fast, though. The full table is completed, but most of the sections aren't written.

After I get the first section (The Uncontested Auction) Done, I'll put in some examples of bidding at the end of each subsection.

  1. The Uncontested Auction
    1. The 1NT Opening and Responses
    2. The 2NT Opening and Responses (and the 1 and a half NT bid).
    3. The 2C Opening and Responses
    4. The Major Suit Openings (1H, 1S) and Responses
    5. The Minor Suit Openings (1C, 1D) and Responses
    6. Continuing the Auction after the 1 Suit Opening and Response
    7. Weak Two Bids (2D, 2H, 2S) and Responses
    8. Opening Bids above 2NT
    9. Slam Bidding
    10. Summary of Opening Bids and Responses
  2. Defensive Bidding
    1. The Basic Overcall
    2. The Takeout Double and Cue Bid
    3. Two-Suited Overcalls (Unusual No Trump)
  3. The Contested Auction
    1. Acting over a Takeout Double
    2. Negative Doubles (Optional, Advanced)
    3. Competitive Bidding


This guide was written with the 'played bridge a few times' player in mind. The system is Standard American, with five card majors, strong no-trump, weak two bids and artificial 2C opening. The only gadgets that are used are: Stayman, Blackwood, Gerber, Quantitative Slam Try (not really a convention at all) Unusual NT, and Negative Doubles.

Note that this system is basically very simple Standard American. (Negative Doubles have only been included because they are a much needed part of 5 card majors, and they are labelled as optional and advanced). However, for those of you just starting out, this system is basically sound, and it forms the basis of quite a few of the tournament systems (such as advanced SA, 2-over-1 Game Forcing, etc) and the theoretical basis of the system will help you no matter what system you eventually use.

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This page maintained by Brian Bankler.