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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.

 

Smolen

 
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.

 

Splinter Bids

 
By Marc Smith
March 27, 2020

A splinter bid is a way of agreeing partner’s suit, limiting your hand, and showing a shortage in a specific side suit, all at the same time. That’s a lot of information to be conveyed in one bid, and it needs to be since a splinter takes up a great deal of bidding space.

 

Lebensohl After a 1NT Opening Bid

 
By Marc Smith
March 22, 2020

The basic principle behind the Lebensohl convention is to use a 2NT bid as an artificial relay, asking partner to bid Three Clubs. This can be applied in numerous auctions, and we will be covering a number of those in related articles.

 


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