February 2018 English Bridge
´ K J 8 7 6 ´ Q 5 3
™ A J 10 5 ™ Q 8 7
t Q 3 t K 7 2
® 4 3 ® J 8 6 5
East Hand 1 East Hand 2
´ 8 6 5 ´ A 9 6 2
™ 6 4 2 ™ Q 2
t A 9 7 6 t Q J 9 8 6 5
® A 4 3 ® 8
East Hand 3 East Hand 4
´ J 10 8 6 ´ A 3
™ A 4 ™ Q 8 2
t Q J 5 t Q 10 8 2
® A 8 6 3 ® K Q 10 4
´ K Q 9 7 2
™ K J 5 3
t K 4
® 7 5
Also remember that unless the hand is very wild
and wacky it is normally better to double with 16+
rather than employing Landy.
CONTINUATIONS AFTER A LANDY OVERCALL
Most of the time you simply pick a major -
bidding your best/longest. Sitting South, with:
´ 3 2
™ Q 3 2
t A 7 3 2
® Q 9 3 2
W N E S
1NT 2®1 Pass ?
You should bid 2™. Please note that Landy is not
simply 'defensive Stayman' asking for a 4-card
major. It shows rather than asks about the majors.
THE 2t RESPONSE
This is an excellent way to reach the right partscore.
It usually shows equal preference for the
majors and invites the Landy bidder to nominate
their longer or better major, ensuring that the best
fit will be found - it might only show 2·2, perhaps
3·3 or occasionally 4·4 in the majors:
Assuming West has used 2® Landy to show both
majors after a 1NT opening by South, East can use
2t asking partner to pick the major. If responder
was simply forced to guess they would probably bid
2™ (the lower ranking is the normal choice for a
rational bridge player), finding a 4-3 fit which will
be more awkward to play than the nice 5-3 spade fit.
So by using the 2t response (artificial, so alertable
of course) they can reach the 5-3 spade fit since the
Landy bidder will bid 2´ after 2t asked for their
OTHER LANDY RESPONSES
2NT is normally used as natural and non-forcing.
Typically it would show about 12-14 HCPs but
would obviously deny a 4-card major to support the
3® or 3t is normally natural and invitational
(constructive but non-forcing). Typically it would
show a good 6- or even 7-card suit, and 12+ HCPs.
3™ or 3´ is also natural and invitational, promising
THE 2t RESPONSE REVISITED
Whilst normally this is used simply to show equal
(or no) preference for the majors it can also be used
as the prelude to stronger things.
So if you bid 2t then go to 3™ or 3´ the idea is
that this shows a stronger invitation (usually based
on more HCPs or just 3-card support) much more
useful than jumping to 3™/3´ directly which, while
still being invitational, can be bid more on shape
Let's look at some examples. In each case West
bids 2® (Landy) over South's opening 1NT. What
would you respond with East's set of hands?
With Hand 1 respond 2t (equal preference),
West bids 2´ and the best part-score is reached.
With Hand 2 you can jump to 3´ (invitational
but less than through 2t). West has a close choice
whether to accept or not - here they are probably
just worth it.
With Hand 3 you can bid 2t then 3´ over 2´.
This shows a more solid invitational raise so West
has an easy acceptance here. Note you would also
have bid 3´ over a 2™ rebid by West.
With Hand 4 you can bid 2NT. West, with a full
12-count, will probably raise to 3NT.
More examples online.
Check out Neil's quiz on page 72
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