These opening bids were first described by Mr. Ronald W. Vickery in his book titled The Hybrid Club: An Action System, published in the year 1981, and which was published privately by the author, ASIN: B0006E58BQ.

Note: The publication was also newly released May 22, 2012, by publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN-10: 147524942X / ISBN-13: 978-1475249422. In addition: Shane Depue (Editor), Eddie Wold (Foreword), Bob Crossley (Preface), Paul Ivaska (Preface), Max Hardy (Preface). (Description of the new publication: The Hybrid Club is a bridge bidding system that effectively integrates the Kamikaze No-Trump, Big Club, and numerous other action-oriented opening bids.)

Note: Online Information about Mr. Ronald W. Vickery.

Note: the photograph below has been contributed by and is courtesy of Mr. Ronald (Ron) W. Vickery on February 9, 2017. The email message also included the following information:

An engineer by profession, born in Waco, Texas, United States, and now residing in Tucson, Arizona, I graduated from the University of Texas (Austin, Texas) with a Masters degree in 1973. I developed this bidding system with my partner Billy Handy during my playing days in Southern California in the late 1970’s. During this period, I worked for McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Corporation in Huntington Beach, California.

Note: In addition, we would be remiss if the following information were not included:

Daily Bulletin - 74th Fall North American Bridge Championships - Saturday, November 18, 2000.

Shawn Quinn - #1 Woman in World

Shawn Quinn has become the top-ranked woman in the world according to the World Bridge Federation, replacing Jill Meyers, who spent most of 2000 at the top of the list.

Shawn Quinn received an email October 22, 2000, from World Bridge Federation President Jose Damiani:

It is a great pleasure for me to congratulate you on becoming the top woman player in the world with 2698 MP, in front of Sabine Auken (2676 MP) and Jill Meyers (2598 MP).

As Shawn Quinn readily admitted in the Daily Bulletin: She took lessons from Ron Vickery.


Opening Bids Only

Bid Strength Meaning
1 : 16+ high card points Shows any shape.
1 : 11-15 high card points Shows various shapes.
1 : 11-15 high card points Shows 5 plus Hearts.
1 : 11-15 high card points Shows 5 pus Spades.
1 NT: 10-12 high card points Shows balanced shape.
2 : 11-15 high card points Shows 5 plus Clubs.
2 : 10-12 high card points Distribution: 4-4-4-1.
2 : 11-15 high card points Distribution: 5 Hearts and 4 Spades.
2 : 6-11 high card points Shows 6 plus Spades.
2NT: 22-23 high card points Shows balanced shape.


A 1 No Trump opening bid may be semi-balanced and may contain a 5-card Major suit and/or a 6-card Minor suit when the allowed range is minimum.
  Note: However, in the Third and/or Fourth Seat, a 1 No Trump opening promises a range between 13-15 high card points.
If the 1 No Trump is employed in the First or Second Seat, then the indicated range is 10-12 high card points and either a 2 Clubs or 2 Diamonds by the responder is considered to be Stayman.
  Note: But if the No Trump opening bid is made in the Third or Fourth Seat, then a response of 2 Clubs is Stayman only and a bid of 2 Diamonds or 2 Hearts is a Transfer.
The responses to a 1 Club opening generally shows first round controls and are considered artificial.
Any 2-over-1 bidding sequence is game-forcing.
The opening bidding of 2 Clubs suggests strongly the holding of a 6-5 distribution, whereby no Major suit may contain a 4-card suit.



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.