"We play GITH and 1♣ shows an opening hand with hearts, 1♦ is an opening hand with spade, 1♥ is any balanced 9-15 and 1♠ is any strong (16+) hand. We have defences if you want to look at them."
Complex or just unfamiliar? How would you like to play against them in a pairs tournament with 2-board rounds and limited time to prepare a defence?
The second system, GITH, has caused the EBU to reconsider its current system regulations. The system is perfectly legal and is being played with greater disclosure than most provide, but a number of complaints at the recent Autumn Congress have caused it to become a 'hot item'. I would suggest that EBU members post their thoughts on the EBU blog and non-EBU members can post on the BBF thread created by Jeremy.
Traditionally the EBU has adopted a fairly liberal approach. The SBU is slightly more conservative with 1-level opening bids (which means that GITH is not currently permitted in Scotland) but has a similar liberal approach for 2-level openings. Given that the ACBL has just banned the Multi 2♦ in all pairs events, liberal is not a word often associated with the American system regulators.
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