I told McKenzie last week that I want to start trying out some new systems. Right now, we play a really fancy 2/1 card with lots and lots of experimental stuff that he's been trying. It works well for us and I know that system like the back of my hand, usually. It's comfortable and useful and I hardly ever find myself unable to find the bid to describe my hand. Sounds like the perfect time to trash everything and start over, right?
One thing I really want to test out is a weak NT system, which I played with Geoff in one morning side game in Virginia Beach, with good results. But McKenzie was anxious to get me started with a big club, so we spent yesterday talking over a system to try at the club today. The system is basically 2/1 with a forcing 1C with transfer responses and a 14-16NT. Z says it's not the same thing as Precision, but never having played Precision, I couldn't tell you what's different anyway.
I spent quite a while studying my own notes, knowing that very few of the things on them were likely to come up at all, and worried that I'd forget them when they did. I was surprised at just how much we did use, and pleased that I remembered everything properly. We didn't get to test out the most exotic bits of the card, and I did find myself stuck for a bid in some spots, but I definitely began to grasp the merits of such a system. I'm not ready to switch out our regular card for tournament play, but we're going to go to the club again on Friday for more big club practice. Once I get more comfortable with the basic structure, we'll start putting more of our fun experimental stuff in there.
I think McKenzie will post some hands from this afternoon later today or tomorrow, but if you're wondering how we did, I'll save you the suspense -- 65% for first overall in the 20-table game. Go team:)