Super Swiss

This variation of the Swiss Convention demands the same requirements and follows the same guidelines as the Swiss convention. Please review the Swiss convention first, otherwise the Super Swiss convention will make no sense. It is different in the meaning of the game-forcing bid by the responder in as much as the bid of the responder can inform the partner immediately whether or not he has:

1. A Singleton
2. A Void

And if the responder has neither, the bid by the responder can show whether or not he has:

Good Controls

In this variation, the responder bids one of four steps to reach the desired contract. Please review the Swiss convention first, otherwise the Super Swiss convention will make no sense. The first step for the responder is to bid one above a single jump raise. Each of these four steps carries information about the holding of the responder and distribution of the hand.

Opening is 1 Heart:

3 :

Void, not specified.

3 NT:

Singleton, not specified.

4 :

Two or Three Aces, No Singleton, No Void.

4 :

Less than Two Aces, No Singleton, No Void.

 

Opening is 1 Spade:

3 NT:

Void, not specified.

4 :

Singleton, not specified.

4 :

Two or Three Aces, No Singleton, No Void.

4 :

Less than Two Aces, No Singleton, No Void.

In the case that the responder shows a void-showing raise, the opener will use the Relay Bid, the cheapest possible, to discover the location of the void. The responder then bids the suit in which he is void, if it is possible without passing game, 4 Hearts or 4 Spades, in the Major suit. If it is not possible, then the responder will bid four of the Major Suit to show that he is void in the next higher ranking suit.

 

Super Swiss is also applied by Bridge Players who employ Limit Raises.

This variation needs practice on the part of the partnership. It requires that both partners understand to the fullest the significance of the bids made by the responder. Experience is also a great teacher. Above all, if both partners decide to use this variation of the Swiss Convention, then it should be included in the Partnership Agreement. Such hands do not come up often, but if they do, it is better to be prepared in advance.

 

 

If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.

 

 

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