These opening bids are based on the Precision and Symmetric Relay bids and were devised by Mr. Steve Starkey of Pecs, Hungary. The following is posted on the site of the forum operated and moderated by Mr. Piotr Kaczorowski. Note: Source.

The main feature of this method is that most opening bids show various distributional holdings, different possible value ranges and definite card length in at least one suit.

Note: The designation employed by Mr. Steve Starkey is an abbreviation of the English word schizophrenia, which is defined as a psychotic disorder characterized by loss of contact with the environment, by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life.

Note: The etymology of the word itself originates in the year 1912, meaning a splitting of the mind, from German Schizophrenie, coined in 1910 by Swiss psychiatrist Mr. Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939), from Greek skhizein "to split" + phren (generally phrenos) "diaphragm, heart, mind," which is of unknown origin. The shortening of the word to schizo was first attested in the 1920s as an adjective, and in the year 1945 as a noun.

Above all else the reader must be aware that the special feature of the Schizo Club is the Forcing Pass, since it communicates information to the partner, and is one round forcing unless the next player in rotation competes.

The various meanings of the opening bids may be connected to the state of vulnerability depending on partnership agreement, although this feature is not known as of yet. The majority of the responses are mostly natural.

However, in the bidding sequences:

South   West   North   East   Meaning
Pass   Pass   1 Club   Pass   An invitational relay bid.
1 Club   Pass   1 Diamond   Pass   An invitational relay bid.
1NT   Pass   2 Club       An invitational relay bid.

Note: All other continuances are considered systemic or natural.

Opening Bids Only

Bid Strength Meaning
Pass: 0-7 high card points Shows balanced shape; Distribution: 4-3-3-3, or
  16-20 high card points shows various shapes.
1 : 8-11 high card points Shows unbalanced shape; one suit must be a 5-card suit, or
  21+ high card points shows various shapes.
1 : 0-7 high card points Shows unbalanced shape; possibly Diamonds, or
  12-14 high card points shows balanced shape, or
  12-15 high card points promises a 4-card plus Diamond suit; otherwise balanced.
1 : 0-7 high card points Shows unbalanced shape but a 4-card plus Heart suit, or
  12-15 high card points promises a 5-card plus Heart suit.
1 : 0-7 high card points Shows unbalanced shape but a 4-card plus Spade suit, or
  12-15 high card points promises a 5-card plus Spade suit.
1 NT: 8-11 high card points Shows balanced shape, or
  15-17 high card points shows balanced shape.
2 : 12-15 high card points Promises a 5-card plus Club suit.
2 : 8-11 high card points Promises a 5-card plus Major suit, or
  21-22 high card points shows balanced shape.
2 : 8-11 high card points Distribution: 4-4 in both Major suits.
2 : 8-11 high card points Shows any 6-card suit.
2NT: 8-11 high card points Distribution: 5-4 plus in both Minor suits.

 

 

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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