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Meckwell Defense to 1NT

September 27, 2020

Jeff Meckstroth and Eric Rodwell's defensive bidding structure against both weak and strong 1NT opening bids.


Big Club Standard by Howard Schenken

September 27, 2020

These system notes are excerpted from "Howard Schenken's 'Big Club': A revolutionary, highly competitive, and accurate way to bid for every bridge player" (1968).


Improving 2/1 Auctions: Part 1

By Fred Gitelman
September 26, 2020

The way that most partnerships play 2/1 creates other problems that are not inherent to the system. The purpose of this article is to discuss some of these and to suggest some solutions.


Improving 2/1 Auctions: Part 2

By Fred Gitelman
September 26, 2020

"Last Train to Clarksville" (LTTC) is a convention I mentioned in my last article. I claimed that it was necessary to make the method of cue-bidding that I recommend effective. LTTC is not an easy convention to understand. It can mean different things depending on exactly how the auction has gone.


Improving 2/1 Auctions: Part 3

By Fred Gitelman
September 26, 2020

This article is the third in a series about improving the effectiveness of 2/1 Game Force bidding. The first two articles appeared in the November 1993 and January 1994 issues of Canadian Master Point.


Serious 3NT

By Marc Smith
June 27, 2020

Serious 3NT is a method that is particularly useful when you play a 2/1 system. It enables a partnership both to discover extra values (or the lack of them) below game, whilst also taking advantage of the extra space bidding afforded by 2/1.



By Marc Smith
April 25, 2020

After a 1NT opening, Smolen allows responder to show 5-4 or 4-5 shape in the majors with game-forcing values. One advantage is that the opening bidder always becomes declarer if a major-suit game is reached.


Checkback Stayman

By Marc Smith
April 6, 2020

Checkback is a variation of the Stayman convention after opener rebids 1NT. Irrespective of which two suits have been bid prior to opener’s 1NT rebid, Two Clubs is always an inquiry.


Puppet Stayman

By Marc Smith
April 5, 2020

When partner opens a strong 2NT, you need to be able to investigate both 4-4 and 5-3 fits in the majors. The popular solution is to play a variant of Stayman known as Puppet.


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Bergen Raises

Bergen raises are a form of specialized major-suit raises after a 1H or 1S opening.  

Jacoby 2NT

Jacoby 2NT is an artificial, game-forcing response to partner's 1M opening bid (e.g. 1 : 2NT).  

Jacoby Transfers

Jacoby Transfers are used when partner bids no-trumps and you hold a 5+ card major.  

Michaels Cuebid

The Michaels convention is a type of cuebid that shows a two-suited hand.  

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