This is a opening bidding system devised in 1993 by Mr. Richard Lighton of New Jersey, United States, who was fascinated by the Muppet Show created by Mr. Jim Henson. Especially one character captured his imagination, and that was the Swedish Chef who spoke in babbled sounds and made absolutely no sense, but who was comical and chaotic at the same time.

This has no reference to the opening bidding system, or at least this assumption has no logical foundation. The concept of the Mock Swedish opening bidding system is that several opening bids can have two different and distinctive interpretations.

     
     

Short Biography

Note: Mr. Richard Lighton was born in the year 1944 and died in the year 1999.

Note: The first Richard Lighton Literary Award was presented in the year 1982.

The Richard Lighton Literary Award is in honor of Mr. Richard Lighton, who was Newsletter Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Unit 106. Each year, prior to the Annual Dinner, the current Newsletter Editor selects the recipient of the award. Source.

Note: The following photograph of Mr. Richard Lighton was contributed by and is courtesy of Mr. Rodney Lighton, the brother of Mr. Richard Lighton. We are very grateful for his contribution and for his addition of the photograph. Mr. Rodney Lighton is an active bridge contributor and author such as the article Astrolite published by The Bridge World, in the October 1997 issue, page 18.

     

Opening Bids Only

Bid   Strength   Meaning
1 :   12-15 high card points   Shows a 5-card plus Club suit, or
    16-21 high card points   shows at least a 3-card plus Club suit.
1 :   12-15 high card points   Shows a 5-card plus Diamond suit, or
    16-21 high card points   shows at least a 3-card plus Diamond suit.
1 :   12-15 high card points   Shows a 4-card plus Heart suit, or
    16-21 high card points   shows a 5-card plus Heart suit.
1 :   12-15 high card points   Shows a 4-card plus Spade suit, or
    16-21 high card points   shows a 5-card plus Spade suit.
1 NT:   12-15 high card points   Promises balanced distribution and no 5-card Major suit.
2 :   20+ high card points   Promises a balanced distribution, and/or one-round forcing. (Partnership agreement)
2 :   11-15 high card points   Shows a 4-4-4-1 distribution.
2 :   8-11 high card points   Promises a 6-card plus Heart suit.
2 :   8-11 high card points   Promises a 6-card plus Spade suit.
2 NT:   23-24 high card points   Promises a balanced distribution.

 

 

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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