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ver the next couple of articles I will take an

in-depth look at the Weak No Trump. We

will start by looking at how to defend

against it using a couple of mainstream defences.

We will then look at how to manage if you open a

weak no trump and the opposition has the temerity

to double it for penalties! (we've all been there I'm

sure).DEFINING THE WEAK NO TRUMP

DA balanced hand of 12-14 HCPs (some people

choose to open with a 'good' 11 HCPs -

particularly if non-vulnerable)

DNo voids, no singletons, not more than one

doubleton

DThis can be expressed by stating the acceptable

shapes:

4·3·3·3, 4·4·3·2, 5·3·3·2

The jury is still out on 5·3·3·2-whether to

include 5-card majors or not. My personal

preference is to open the major if it is respectable -

it contains two reasonable honours - otherwise to

open 1NT. Some people always open 1NT with any

5·3·3·2 - the main thing is to agree with your

partner. My preference when playing the Strong No

Trump is to open 1NT with all 5·3·3·2 shapes

including 5-card majors since the rebids after

opening 1M simply do not work well.

ADVANTAGES OF THE WEAK NO TRUMP

DVery high frequency. You gets lots of familiarity

here, so with tried and tested methods (Stayman,

transfers etc) you should be able to obtain good

results on a regular basis.

DPre-emption - you ramp the bidding up

immediately, so if the opposition want to

interfere they have to enter the auction at the

2-level rather than being able to make a simple

overcall at the 1-level. The Weak No Trump

If you could add one thing . . . by Neil Rosen

A DESIRE TO INTERVENE

Clearly if your opponents open 1NT they often

will end up scoring nicely - either by playing in 1NT

or finding other good contracts. One of the aims of

good competitive players (particularly at pairs) is to

dislodge them from 1NT as often as possible.

You may find a nice making contract of your own

or failing that at least shift them out of the high

scoring 1NT contract.

METHODS TO INTERFERE

Over the years many conventional defences have

been devised - Landy, Multi-Landy, Astro, Aspro,

Asptro, Pinpoint Astro, Ripstra, Cansino,

Cappelletti.

Needless to say, there are more - some recent and

some going back many a long year. I covered Multi

Landy in some depth in October 2012. This time I

will cover one of the most-played conventions

across the world - Landy. Next time I will look at

one of my personal favourites - Asptro.

LANDY

Named after Alvin Landy, a top US bridge player

and administrator of much repute back in the 1940s

and 50s. The idea of the convention (used widely

after both a weak or strong 1NT opening) is to play

all bids as natural except for 2® which is used to

show both majors.

REQUIREMENTS TO USE LANDY

Obviously the weaker you are the more shape you

require. A rough guide would be a minimum seven

or eight points with 5·5 shape, rising to 10+ with 5·4

shape - these are very rough guidelines only.

Needless to say, the lower the values the more the

points should be concentrated in the two suits. A

minimum for the bid might be something like:

´KJ73 ™KQ1062 t987 ®5

I know, I know. It's only nine and I said 10 but

5·4·3·1 is nice and all the strength is in the two suits.

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