Stage 2 Conventions by Neil Rosen
THE LEBENSOHL convention came in as Partner Oppo 1 You Oppo 2
a means to deal effectively with inter- 1NT 2™ 2NT Pass Hand C
vention after a 1NT opening bid. 3® Pass Pass1 ´ AQ752
It has also now been extended to cover 1 At least five clubs, approx. 6-10 points, ™ A9
various other situations. In my next article non-forcing t A72
I will deal with using it as an invaluable ® 862
aid to defending against Weak Two Or:
opening bids and the Multi 2t.
Partner Oppo 1 You Oppo 2 Partner Oppo 1 You Oppo 2
Dealing with Intervention after 1NT 1NT 2™ 2NT Pass 1NT 2™ ?
3® Pass 3t1
Lebensohl allows room to make both 1 At least five diamonds, approx. 6-10 Bid 3´, natural, game-forcing, showing at
forcing and non-forcing bids after points, non-forcing least five spades.
intervention over our 1NT opening bid.
So if we open 1NT and they overcall: Sometimes you actually have three
options rather than two, depending on the Hand D
Partner Oppo 1 You Oppo 2 order of the suits. Thus: ´ A J 10 7 5 2
1NT 2™ ? ™ 93
Partner Oppo 1 You Oppo 2 t AJ2
Then a new suit at the two level is 1NT 2®/t/™ ? ® 86
obviously to play in anyone’s system. But
what about a new suit at the three level? Now you have a choice of:
Classically this is just to compete (non- 2´ = to play (at least five spades, Partner Oppo 1 You Oppo 2
forcing). This is all weakish) 1NT 2t ?
well and good but 3´ = at least five spades, game-forcing
what happens if Hand A 2NT, then 3´ = at least five spades, Bid 2NT, then 3´, invitational.
you wish to make a ´ 72 game-invitational
forcing bid instead? ™ A K 6 5 3
Say you hold Hand t K 9 4 Here are a few example hands to Hand E
A and the auction ® K 8 2 demonstrate: ´ 52
starts: ™ A93
Partner Oppo 1 You Oppo 2 Hand B ® AQJ763
1NT 2´ ? ´ AQ752
To bid 3™ (non-forcing) would clearly be t 842 Partner Oppo 1 You Oppo 2
silly as game would be missed. But what ® J62 1NT 2´ ?
should you bid? Guessing to bid 4™ could
be absurd but so could bidding 3NT! Bid 3®, forcing to game. Using Lebensohl
The obvious solution, available playing Partner Oppo 1 You Oppo 2 you do not need to guess whether to bid
Lebensohl, is to use a new suit at the three 1NT 2™ ? 3NT or 5® on your first round of
level as forcing to game. If instead you bidding – you can explore both contracts
have a weaker hand which wishes to Bid 2´, to play. at some leisure!
compete, you start by bidding an artificial
2NT instead. This is alertable and initially SILVER PLATE: Congratulations to Mike Tedd, Tony Disley, Patrick Jourdain,
asks partner to bid 3®. When he does this, Roger Penton, Tony Ratcliff and John Salisbury who have won the 2011-2012
if clubs is your suit you pass, otherwise British Silver Plate. In the final, they beat Nick Stevens, Paul Bowyer, Duncan
you correct to your own suit which is now Happer, David Jones, Jim Mason, Garry Watson by 30 IMPs.
26 English Bridge February 2013 www.ebu.co.uk