SAYC
by
 Ned Downey

notes are revised 4/08/01

  1. GENERAL APPROACH
  2. STANDARD CONVENTIONS
  3. HAND EVALUATION
  4. NOTRUMP BIDDING
  5. RESPONDING TO 1NT
  6. INTERFERENCE
  7. RESPONDING TO 2NT
  8. RESPONDING TO ONE OF A SUIT
  9. RESPONDING TO ONE OF A MAJOR
  10. RESPONDING TO ONE OF A MINOR
  11. JACOBY 2NT
  12. SUBSEQUENT BIDDING BY RESPONDER
  13. THE 2C OPENING, RESPONSES AND LATER BIDDING
  14. PREEMPTIVE BIDDING
  15. SLAM BIDDING
  16. COMPETITIVE BIDDING
  17. DEFENSIVE LEADS AND SIGNALS

SAYC was originated in the late 80's by the ACBLwith the intent of providing a 'no frills' easy to use system with any pick up partner. The notes we offer reflect, for the most part, a standard summary of SAYC as it was originally intended. While the BRIDGE FORUM notes essentially adhere to standard SAYC, they also reflect several variations, which, while common and popular, are not considered "standard" in any published version of SAYC that we have yet seen. Where an "upgrade" to standard versions of SAYC is mentioned here, it will be presented in red with a notation as to the standard treatment it replaces. A more complete treatment of SAYC, including 14 lesson notes, is available from Bridge Forum International. BRIDGE FORUM teachers are also available to provide group, partnership, and individual lessons, including on-the-spot feedback and follow-up analyses of hands played. Just e-mail Ned Downey (ned-maui) at sngmaui@get.net   or Caitlin at caitlin@bridge-forum.com ,