Inverted Psycho Suction
The following is a description of the Psycho Suction conventional method devised and developed by Mr. Thomas Andrews. Inverted Psycho Suction by the author can be found by clicking on the link and the bridge student should refer to this website.
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Inverted Psycho Suction
I then realized you can minimize the number of times you must pass by inverting the calls:
Minors or Hearts.
Red suits or Spades.
Majors (or Clubs? How different from 3?).
Black suits (or Diamonds?).
Non-touching pairs (+ or +).
I call this system "Inverted Psycho Suction," just because that sounds pretty threatening. In general, if advancer has no preference for the two suits overcaller might have, advancer takes a preference for the higher suit. For example, after the auction (1NT)-2-(pass) and you hold:
xx xxxxx xxx xxx
you would bid 2, since you don't prefer clubs to diamonds, and don't want to miss hearts if that's what partner holds.
As a corrolary to this, bidder is allowed to be 5-4 with 5 in the second suit and 4 in the bid suit, since partner will take the preference for the second suit with equal holdings.
This system can be played over artificial 1 and 2 openings, too.
I've played Psycho Suction a little, but sadly, I haven't had a chance to play the Inverted form. It seems like it would be fun, even if it didn't work. Plus, just the name is good enough to make me want to use it.
Incidentally, I think you should avoid table feel playing systems like this, unless it is really obvious that the table feel is coming from the opponents alone. You are already "guessing", and if you are often guessing based on table feel, rather than your own holding, you might find yourself "wired" by accident, resulting in ethical breaches, or the appearance of ethical breaches. You might even want to discuss strict rules about when you "guess" to pass. Your opponents would be entitled to that information, of course ...
Note: The student of the game of bridge should also be aware of the Astro conventional method and the Asptro conventional method, note the differences and similarities, compare the effectiveness and inclusiveness of the overcalls, and then choose wisely.
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