These opening bids were devised and developed by Mr. Paul Collins and Mr. David Appleton in the year 1999. As stated by the two developers: Yellow Island was developed one fateful day in the Island coffee shop.It is intended to contain both the highly constructive nature of the Crimson Death and Blood Red transfer openings with the moderately destructive fert while allowing some width to avoid some of the more negative aspects of the fert style.I wish to acknowledge Dean Scully for introducing me to the idea of a multi-way pass.

Note: Any additional information as to the two bridge personalities of Mr. Paul Collins and Mr. David Appleton would be greatly appreciated.

Opening Bids Only

Bid Strength Meaning
Pass: 13-16 high card points Promises no 4-card Major suit, or
  9-12 high card points shows and unbalanced holding and no 4-card Major suit, or
  0-8 high card points shows any shape by unfavorable vulnerability, or otherwise a poor holding.
    Note that an opening pass is not forcing.
1 : 9-16 high card points Shows a 4-card plus Heart suit. May have a longer suit; not balanced nor with 5+/5+ in the Major suits.
1 : 9-16 high card points Shows a 4-card plus Spades suit. May have a longer suit; not balanced nor with 5+/5+ in the Major suits.
1 : 17+ high card points Promises any shape.
1 : Note: Vulnerability dependent:
  0-8 high card points Not unfavorable. Some redeeming feature. Not applicable at red vs. green.
  9-12 high card points Unfavorable. Shows 5-4 in the Minor suits.
1 NT: 14-16 high card points Shows balanced shape.
2 : 11-15 high card points Promises a 6-card plus Club or Diamond suit. No 4-card Major suit. A 4-card suit in the other Minor is possible.
2 : 9-16 high card points Promises any 4-4-4-1 distribution.
2 : 75-9 high card points Weak.
2 : 9-12 high card points Promises 5+/5+ in both Major suits.
2NT: Note: Vulnerability dependent:
  9-12 high card points Not unfavorable. Shows 5+/4+ in the Minor suits.
  9-12 high card points Unfavorable. Shows 5+/5+ in the Minor suits.
3 :   Preemptive.
3 :   Preemptive.
3 :   Preemptive.
3 :   Preemptive.

Continuations

After a pass responder may now open as in light precision It is incumbent on responder to open hands with 10 plus high card points as opener may still have a 16 count.

Note: All continuations are included in the write-up of Mr. Paul Collins and Mr. David Appleton of April 19, 1999. This information has been only archived and preserved on this site in .pdf file format for future reference.

 

 

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