Zen Major Raises
by dan neill (Baltimore, MD, USA)


There are many ways to tell pd, "I am happy with your opening." Here is the way I do it over pd's major in 2/1GF. I call the system "Zen Major Raises." It is just a compilation of other people's ideas.

Over pd's major, 1M:

2M= 3 crd raise, 6-9
1st jump-shift= Jacoby, GF (any version you desire)
2nd jump-shift= 6-9 HCP mini-splinter in a minor; relay for the minor
3rd jump-shift= 4 crd constructive raise, balanced
4th jump-shift= EITHER 0-5 4-5 crd raise (Bergen), 
OR any 10-12 HCP
splinter 
(relay: pass=bergen, 1 step= singleton splinter, 
else bid void [3NT=the 1-step suit])

3M= 4-crd balanced limit raise
higher = 13+ HCP splinters

*** Note: since 1NT is forcing in 2/1, 1NT then 3M is 3 crd balanced
limit raise. Also the mini-splinter in the other major is 1NT, then 2S
over 1H or 3C over 1S.

3+ HCP splinters

*** Note: since 1NT is forcing in 2/1, 1NT then 3M is 3 crd balanced
limit raise. Also the mini-splinter in the other major is 1NT, then 2S
over 1H or 3C over 1S.