• JAZZ BRIDGE is based upon strong clubs, ref. Precision : all (strong) hands from 16+hp onwards go via 1♣.
  • The other 1-level openings cover the hands with a 12-15hp range or according the Rule of 20 or according to ZAR's 26+ zps.
  • The added value of strong clubs systems lies more in the limitation of the other 1 -level openings rather than in the strength of the 1♣ opening itself.
  • The 2-level openings are mainly preemptive although we give 2♣/♦ a multi-touch to show possibly a very strong , balanced hand.
  • JAZZ BRIDGE is a FIVE-card based system. 1♥/♠ therefore promises at least a 5 card.
  • The 1♦- opening can be balanced with a 4 card major or unbalanced with or without a 4 card major.
  • The "weak" 1NT-opening (12-15hp) is done with a balanced hand without a 4 card major and with or without a five card minor.





JAZZ BRIDGE aims to address as much as possible all distributions and in the meantime to make bidding difficult for opponents.


JAZZ BRIDGE uses the 1NT weak opening , 12-15hp, indicating all balanced hands without 4 card major. Opponents have to enter the auction on the 2 level.


JAZZ BRIDGE is also a modular system : only the one-level openings are interrelated and are mutually impacted if if one of them changes. The 2 and 3 level openings can be filled according to own taste with preferences for preemptiveness.


Pecularities :


  • playing the 5 card, we give support in non-gameforcing situations, already with a 2 card !
  • many multi's are built in , expanding the possibilities for showing different distributions
  • applying the aggressive ZAR-hand evaluation, we sometimes open with 10hp or less , depending on the distribution power
  • In neosqueeze (1♣ opening) we apply a MONOLOGUE when the auction is GAMEFORCING : the opener , leader of the auction, has tools to find out nearly the exact distribution and strength of his partner. He places the final correct game-contract.
  • the other 1-level openings follow a DIALOGUE : both partners exchange information.
  • in combination with the strong 2♣/♦ - variant, we organize the 1♣ complex to show simular strong but unbalanced hands.




Jazz is one of the most searched words for its origin in Americian English. The ‘American Dialect Society’ even called it the word of the 20th century. ‘Jazz’ started as ‘slang’ in 1912 and was used the first time in 1915 related to the music (Chicago) although this style was played earlier in New Orleans. .


As with many words that originated from slang, there is no clear explanation on how this word was created. Generally spoken, one thinks the word is derived from ‘jasm’ meaning ‘spirit’,’enthousiasm’, ‘energy’.


A piece of the article from Ernest J. Hopkins titled “In Praise of ‘Jazz,’ a Futurist Word Which Has Just Joined the Language.” publiced on 5 april 1913 in “The Bulletin” : “JAZZ can be defined but there are no synonyms. Would there be another word with the same meaning, 'jazz' would never existed. A new word is created when the need for it exists a long time. This remarkable and satisfying well sounding word means something like 'joy', 'magnetism', 'fire' , 'passion' , 'courage' .


We selected the sympathic 'JAZZ' as name for this new bridge system because of the analogy for something which is 'out of the box' .


In line of all this (“all this jazz”) and also because the author plays the trombone in a local big band, he chooses for names of famous jazz-artists to baptize some new conventions. That's how he bridges the two global universal 'systems' :





the bridge game and music.