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The "Tough-Cough-Cough" Bidding System

Sources:

Vulnerable openings:

1 = (2)3+, 11-21

1 = 4+, 11-21

1M = 5+M, 11-21

1NT = 15-17 balanced

  • No cough = no 5-carder suit, 1/2/3/4 = respective 5-carder suit

2 = GF any

  • Complex coughing scheme (not available in freeware version)

2 = 18-20 bal or 15-18 6+any

  • No cough = balanced, 1/2/3/4 coughs = respective 6+carder suit

2M = 10-14, 6M or 5M4m

  • No cough = 6M, 1/2 coughs = respective minor suit

2NT = 21-22 balanced

  • No cough = no 5-carder suit, 1/2/3/4 = respective 5-carder suit

Non-vulnerable openings:

1 = 15+ any

  • Complex coughing scheme (not available in freeware version)

1 = 1+, 11-14

1M = 5+M, 11-14

1NT = 11-14 balanced (but: 15-17 3rd and 4th)

  • No cough = no 5-carder suit, 1/2/3/4 = respective 5-carder suit

2 = 10-14, 6 or 54any

  • No cough = 6, 1/2/3 coughs = 4/4/4 respectively

2 = 18-20 balanced or 15-18 6+any

  • No cough = balanced, 1/2/3/4 coughs = respective suit

2M = 10-14, 6M or 5M4+m (but: 7-10 favorable)

  • No cough = 6M, 1/2 coughs = respective minor

2NT = 10-14, 6 or 55 or 65M

  • No cough = 6, 1/2/3 coughs = 55/65/65 respectively

Third/fourth level openings:

3 = 7 or 64any, preemptive

  • No cough = 7, 1/2/3 coughs = 4/4/4 respectively

3 = 7 or 64any, preemptive

  • No cough = 7, 1/2/3 coughs = 4/4/4 respectively

3 = 7 or 64any, preemptive

  • No cough = 7, 1/2/3 coughs = 4/4/4 respectively

3 = 7 or 64any, preemptive

  • No cough = 7, 1/2/3 coughs = 4/4/4 respectively

4 = 6-5 or 7-4, +another, preemptive

  • No cough = 65any, 1/2/3 coughs = 74/74/74 respectively

4 = 6-5 or 7-4, +another, preemptive

  • No cough = 65any, 1/2/3 coughs = 74/74/74 respectively
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