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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.

 

Lebensohl Over Weak Two Openings

 
By Marc Smith
March 22, 2020

Lebensohl is most commonly used after partner’s 1NT opening has been overcalled. The other primary use many tournament players find for Lebensohl is in responding to partner's take out double of a Weak Two opening.

 

The Law of Symmetry by Ely Culbertson

 
February 23, 2020

An excerpt from Ely Culbertson's 1954 "Contract Bridge Complete" regarding the frequency of balanced and unbalanced distributions. The chapter is still as relevant as it was 70 years ago.

 

Bridge Bidding Systems

 
February 16, 2020

Links and descriptions to many types of bidding systems.

 


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Bergen Raises

 
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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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