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Barry Crane Bidding System
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Some of us went off-topic from Henry Bethe's very interesting article and thread titled "Real Bridge" -- and mentioned Barry Crane.

For some, the word "legend" to describe Crane is a gross understatement.

Crane stories abound, but I'll limit this introduction to his bidding system.  (You can read much more about his mandates in "Barry Crane System Notes by Kerri Sanborn" in a number of places including Bridge Guys.)

In a nutshell:

Barry Cranes Commandments:

1. Never pull partners penalty double.

2. Always take a sure profit.

3. Watch out for the three level.

4. The more you bid, the more you got (no fast arrival here).

5. 7's are singletons.

6. Don't bid grand slams at Swiss Teams.

7. Don't put cards in partner's hand.

8. (Only) Jesus saves.

9. Don't eat between sessions.

10. Never ask "How's your game ?".

11. Never gloat.

12. The queen is over the jack in the minors and under the jack in the majors.

The Barry Crane System:

Lightness is mandated. Any 11 point hand containing an ace or king must be opened.

The practice of balancing is frowned upon. Get in, get out, and get on with it.

If our side can�t overcall or double, it�s not our hand. Balancing doubles tend to be penalty.

Cuebids are strong takeouts, not Michaels.

Beware of the odd-numbered levels (three. five, and seven).

Don�t save unless you are sure. Take the sure profit.

Don�t play your partner for specific cards ( He never has them).

In bidding and on defense, it is extremely important to show distribution.

Don�t bid nervous slams, especially grand slams.

Follow the rules.Open �biddable� (Q10xx or better) four card heart suits, but spade suit openers require five.

A jump raise in either major is forcing to game.

If you are 4-4 in the majors, open 1H.If you open 1H and rebid 2C, you have five hearts.

4333 and 3433 are opened 1C. If you are 1444, open 1H and rebid 2D, because 2C would show a fifth heart.

A diamond opening shows four unless you are 4-4 in the majors and the heart suit is not �biddable�.1C promises 3.

Jump preferences in the majors are forcing; in minors highly invitational.

Jump rebids by responder in his own suit are forcing.

Opening leads are standard fourth best and attitude with 3 or 4 low ones.

Against NT, the ace asks for unblock, the king asks for 2nd highest.

Foster echo on opening lead.

Two bids are strong in 1st two seats and 5-11 in third and fourth.

Prempts are sound and highly disciplined in 1st and 2nd seat. They follow the rule of 2 and 3.

In the minors they promise at least three of the top four honors and invite 3NT.

Opening 1NT= 15-17, 2NT= 21-22, 3NT= 25-27 with no low doubletons unless you have a rebid problem.

Stayman, transfers, minor suit stayman. Three of a major is a slam try, three of a minor is weak.

After stayman 2NT must be passed.  This allows two level exploration for a fit with a weak hand.

Stayman invitational hands start with 1NT-2NT.  If accepted opener can then bid 3C stayman.

Unpassed hand drury. No limit raises so 2C is used as temporizing bid after a major opening.

The distribution is not relevant.

The essence of Barry�s system �Light with discipline�.

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