Level Two

Make these changes to improve the system. You won’t be all the way to a full system, but it will cover most of what matters. The ones marked (*) are the most important.

Improved Responses to Intermediate Openers

  1. (*) See Imprecise Precision for a description of the full 1♦ opener responses. Add gradually as you are comfortable with them. Most are rare. Be aware that these responses are not standardized – you’ll find other Precision players with many other schemes.
  2. Expand the defense to an overcall to our 2♣! opener to as much Lebensohl as you can handle. (See Imprecise Precision.)
  3. Add to the 2♦! - 2N! responses:
    • 3♠ shows a 4=4=0=5 hand, exactly.
    • 3N shows a 4=4=1=4 hand with 15 points and the Ace or King of Diamonds.
  4. 1♦ - 2♥! shows a sub-invitational hand with five spades and four hearts, asking opener to pass or correct to spades. (“reverse Flannery”)
  5. 1♦ - 2♠! shows an invitational hand with five spades and four hearts, asking opener to pass or correct to hearts. (“reverse Flannery”). Opener places the contract.

Improved Responses to One Club Openers

  1. Change the 4414 bids over 1♣! as follows:
    • 1♣! - 3♦!, 3♥!, 3N!, 4♣ show very strong 4414 hands, 12+ HCP with 4 or fewer losers. Bid the strain one step BELOW the singleton.
  2. 1♣! - 3♠! shows a AKQ 7th solid suit somewhere, nothing outside.

After Positive Suit Responses

  • When responder shows a positive response in a suit by bidding 1♥!(hearts), 1N!(spades), 2♣, or 2♦, if opener bids that suit it confirms support for it and asks for a count of controls. Counting an Ace as 2, and a King as 1, responder bids as many steps as this minus one. So, the first step up shows 2 controls or less (that is, at most an Ace or two Kings), the second step shows 3 controls, etc. This request is called Beta(2), the number in parentheses showing the max number for one step.

    Example: Responder holds ♠KQx ♥AJT42 ♦A52 ♣93. This hand has five controls, so bids 4 steps up: first is 0-2, second is 3, third is 4, fourth is 5. In response to the 1♣! opener, he bids 1♥:

    1♣! - 2♥!(5+ hearts, 8+ points)
    3♥ - 4♦!(five controls)

    In spades this example would be:

    1♣! - 1♥!(5+ spades, 8+ points)
    2♠ - 3♥!(five controls)

    What happens next is complicated in the full system, but it will work fine if opener bids again below game to start cue bidding with slam interest. At this point it is opener who will know most of the time if slam is not possible, so responder does not ask for Aces. 4N later by opener asks for the lowest suit containing a control.

  • If opener does not support responder’s choice of suit, bidding continues naturally.

After Positive Notrump Responses

After a positive 1♠! response showing a balanced hand, opener’s bid of 1N agrees trump and shows 16-18 HCP. A jump 2N shows 22-24 HCP (because with 19-21 HCP, he would have opened 2N). Puppet Stayman is on but not transfers, because responder does not have a good five-card suit or they would have transfered to it.