Namyats

General

In first and second position, 4C and 4D openings show "good" four-level preempts in hearts and spades respectively. The requirements for such an opening are:
  1. exactly two key cards (five aces and trump king), and
  2. no more than one uncontrolled suit, and
  3. a losing trick count of at most five, and
  4. at most three of the nine side-suit aces, king and queens, with no side suit containing all three of these honours, and
  5. a main suit at least as good as
    1. KQT9xxx or KQJxxxx or a side void, when holding a seven card main suit, or
    2. KQxxxxxx when holding at least an eight card main suit, and
  6. if holding a void, opener must also hold
    1. an uncontrolled suit and a main suit of at least AKQxxxx or AKxxxxxx, or
    2. a suit lacking first- or second-round control but holding third-round control (doubleton or queen) and a weaker main suit.
A controlled suit is one in which the ace or king is held, or one in which at most one card is held.

Responding to Namyats openings

After a Namyats 4C opening

Responder may inquire with 4D when holding at least 2 key cards and some prospects of slam, or make other descriptive slam tries, or sign off in opener's suit at the four level. After the inquiry, in auctions where specific holdings are shown, "strong" holdings (void and honour combinations) are shown naturally, and uncontrolled suits are shown in the order other-major, clubs, diamonds.

4D Inquiry, showing at least two key cards
4H Minimum requirements
4S Better than minimum, unspecified void
4NT Inquiry
5C/5D/5H Club/diamond/spade void
4NT Better than minimum, no void, all suits controlled
5C/5D/5H Better than minimum, no void, no control in spade/club/diamond suit
5S AKQxxxxx with two singletons and a KQx suit, or AKQxxxxx with one singleton and two Kx suits, or KQJxxxxx with two singletons and a AKx suit
5NT Inquiry
6C/6D/6H Club/diamond/spade suit with KQx, Kx or AKx respectively according to the hand type held for the 5S response
5NT/6C/6D AKQxxxx and a spade/club/diamond suit of KQJx with two singletons, or AKQxxxx and a spade/club/diamond suit of KQx with a singleton and a Kx suit
6H AKxxxxxxx, two singletons and a Kx suit
4H To play
4S/4NT/5C Spade/diamond/club void, slam interest and at least one key card
5D Small doubleton trump, three side aces and possibly nothing else
5H Small singleton trump, three side aces and nothing else

After a Namyats 4D opening

Responder may inquire with 4H when holding at least 2 key cards and some prospects of slam, or make other descriptive slam tries, or sign off in opener's suit at the four level. After the inquiry, in auctions where specific holdings are shown, "strong" holdings (void and honour combinations) are shown naturally, and uncontrolled suits are shown in the order other-major, clubs, diamonds.

4H Inquiry, showing at least two key cards
4S Minimum requirements
4NT Better than minimum, unspecified void
5C Inquiry
5D/5H/5S Diamond/heart/club void
5C Better than minimum, no void, all suits controlled
5D/5H/5S Better than minimum, no void, no control in heart/club/diamond suit
5NT AKQxxxxx with two singletons and a KQx suit, or AKQxxxxx with one singleton and two Kx suits, or KQJxxxxx with two singletons and a AKx suit
6C Inquiry
6D/6H/6S Diamond/heart/club suit with KQx, Kx or AKx respectively according to the hand type held for the 5NT response
6C/6D/6H AKQxxxx and a club/diamond/heart suit of KQJx with two singletons, or AKQxxxx and a club/diamond/heart suit of KQx with a singleton and a Kx suit
6S AKxxxxxxx, two singletons and a Kx suit
4S To play
4NT/5C/5D Heart/club/diamond void, slam interest and at least one key card
5H Small doubleton trump, three side aces and possibly nothing else
5S Small singleton trump, three side aces and nothing else

Competitive Bidding