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Hand

A8

Context

BGB Autumn Sims pairs - October 2008

Dealer

West

Methods

Transfers, transfer break, natural overcall, Lebensohl

Vulnerability

EW




N

T 9

A J 7 5 3 2

Q 7 4

9 4


S

A 3

T 8 6

K 6 5 3

J 6 5 2


W

K Q 6 5

K Q 9

T 9 8 2

K 3


E

J 8 7 4 2

4

A J

A Q T 8 7

What happens?


Everyone reached 4 on this deal.

An opening diamond lead holds declarer to ten tricks.  Anything else and eleven tricks are child’s play.

Post-beginner to intermediate

Opening 1NT, transfers, transfer break

East starts by transferring into spades, intending to follow with a natural and forcing 3 following a simple completion.

My choice is always to break the transfer with four-card support.  East will not spend too long pondering over whether or not to raise to game.

W

N

E

S

1NT

-

2

-

3


4

-

-

-



Intermediate and above

Opening 1NT, natural overcall, Lebensohl

North’s suit quality is just a little thin, but at favourable vulnerability it will be a popular choice.

East can now jump to 3, forcing and promising a five-card spade suit.  In my version of Lebensohl it will also deny any sort of stop in hearts.  (Some partnerships will reverse this message.)

West will quickly raise to the spade game.

W

N

E

S

1NT

2

3

-

4♠

-

-

-





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