LEBENSOHL BRIDGE CONVENTION PDF

His hand is already fairly well defined, both in terms of shape and strength, so you are picking the contract. If partner advances with Three Diamonds then you will be able to bid a natural and forcing Three Hearts. If partner happens to bid hearts over Three Clubs, you can raise to game. If partner bids 3NT then you can Pass, content that the alternative contracts have all been investigated. Here, though, you plan on looking for a slam but, at this point, Five Clubs, Six Clubs and either game or slam in notrumps are all possible contracts. If partner bids 3NT over Three Clubs, you can make a quantitative raise to 4NT, having already shown your five-card suit on the way.

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If you did, ask yourself how partner is ever supposed to judge when to bid on and when to pass Three Diamonds. If partner has a minimum takeout double, say a shape and just HCP, Three Diamonds will surely be the right contract opposite Hand D.

That hand with the extra ace still does not want to bid any higher if you hold Hand A, though. Clearly, you need to bid Hand A and Hand D differently. This sequence shows a hand in the invitational range mentioned earlier. Hand E repeated for convenience 9 8 6 3 Q 9 8 6 3 4 K Q 5 4 Although Hand E does not quite fall into the HCP range I mentioned, it has lots of additional pluses: a singleton, a fifth card in the suit where you expect partner to hold four, no wasted spade values, etc.

Indeed, you can see why you should bid an invitational Three Hearts on Hand E when you take a look back at Hand B to see what you might hold when you steer the contract to Three Hearts via the 2NT relay. You cannot justify forcing to game showing no spade stop and denying four hearts when partner need have only a minimum double.

Remember that game when you suit is a minor requires you to take eleven tricks. Consequently, you need to be a bit stronger than you might be if you were contemplating bidding game in a major. If partner passes Three Clubs, you probably will not have missed anything. The good news, is that if he bids on then you are not committed to clubs and you may still get to a game in either diamonds or notrumps. Responding with Game-Forcing Hands Your choice of bids at the three-level are limited when you hold game-forcing values in an auction where responder is forced to bid.

You have two basic choices: one option to venture beyond 3NT to show your suit, but this should really only be done on wildly distributional hands or hands intending to at least seriously investigate slam.

With most game-going hands, you will employ one of the four sequences detailed in the section on bidding balanced hands in the related Lebensohl article.

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Lebensohl After a 1NT Opening Bid

Natural and non-forcing. Conversely, this is sometimes described as FADS - fast arrival denies stopper. This may also be called FASS - fast arrival shows stopper. Double of the overcall[ edit ] A Double by responder is not part of Lebensohl. However it forms part of the entire set of bids available to responder and its meaning is the subject of a partnership agreement. Usually its meaning is, in turn, dependent upon the meaning of the overcall and the meaning of the overcall can vary widely because there are a number of conventional systems available to an overcaller after a 1NT opening. Generally, a Double is for penalty.

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If you did, ask yourself how partner is ever supposed to judge when to bid on and when to pass Three Diamonds. If partner has a minimum takeout double, say a shape and just HCP, Three Diamonds will surely be the right contract opposite Hand D. That hand with the extra ace still does not want to bid any higher if you hold Hand A, though. Clearly, you need to bid Hand A and Hand D differently. This sequence shows a hand in the invitational range mentioned earlier. Hand E repeated for convenience 9 8 6 3 Q 9 8 6 3 4 K Q 5 4 Although Hand E does not quite fall into the HCP range I mentioned, it has lots of additional pluses: a singleton, a fifth card in the suit where you expect partner to hold four, no wasted spade values, etc. Indeed, you can see why you should bid an invitational Three Hearts on Hand E when you take a look back at Hand B to see what you might hold when you steer the contract to Three Hearts via the 2NT relay.

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