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F

inally in our series on Lebensohl we will look

at how uncontested auctions can also use

Lebensohl ideas. After a simple reverse, the

use of Lebensohl can greatly add definition to the

continuations. Take:

1t-1´, 2™-?

Now if we wish to support either diamonds or

hearts we can do so in a 'forcing to game' manner

simply by supporting at the 3-level. It shows a fit for

the suit raised and typically a good 8+ points, but

totally unlimited at the top end.

If we wish to support in a weaker way we bid 2NT

first (demanding a 3® response), then support if

appropriate: 1t-1´, 2™-2NT, 3®-3t/™

The 3t/3™ bid is non-forcing, typically around

5-7 points.

It is important to note that this method only

applies when we have responded at the one level. If

we have responded at the 2-level:

1™-2®, 2´-?

then we have already shown 10+ points, which put

with partner's presumed reversing values, shows

that there is absolutely no need for Lebensohl.

Please remember the sole purpose of Lebensohl is to

resolve whether the partnership has the values for

game or not. Here with 10+ facing 15/16+ the

auction is defined as game forcing so Lebensohl will

not apply.

Let's look at some hands responding to a reverse.

The auction has gone:

1®-1™, 2t-?

I recommend a repeat of

responder's suit as forcing for

one round (with 5+ cards in

the bid suit) rather than the

traditional 6-card suit with a

weak hand. Bid 2™ here.

Since we now play it as forcing for one round there

is no danger that we will languish there.

Bid 3t - a nice easy forcing

bid using these methods.

Bid 2NT, intending to bid 3t

over 3®.

Bid 2´ - 4th Suit Forcing.

With no prime support for

partner but a game-going

hand we can still employ 4th

Suit Forcing. This tends to

deny a good 5-card heart suit.

If we change the auction to:

1t-1´, 2™-?

Bid 2NT, intending to bid 3™

(non forcing). This shows 5-7

points.

A side comment here - the modern style is to

play that a reverse is forcing for one round so it is

very nice to have this accuracy facing the reverse.

Bid 3™, forcing to game. It's

lovely to be able to set trumps

early - leaving room for

possible cue-bidding or

Blackwood to check out slam

options. Without Lebensohl you either just jump to

4™ and pray partner will bid on when it's right, or

you delay supporting hearts for a further round via

4th suit forcing, losing a whole round of valuable

bidding space.

´ K 5 4

™ K J 7 6 3

t Q 9 5

® 4 3

´ K 5

™ A 9 7 6 3

t K Q 9 5

® 4 3

´ 6 5

™ K 9 7 6 3

t Q 9 5 3

® J 3

´ 9 8 6 5

™ A Q 6 3

t Q 9 5

® Q 3

´ K 9 8 6 5

™ Q 6 3 2

t J 9

® 7 3

´ A Q 8 6 5

™ K J 3 2

t K 9

® 7 3

Lebensohl after Reverses

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

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