M J Bridge
Historically the first of these conventional methods over 1NT was the one introduced by Alvin Landy.
It has evolved in numerous different ways.
In the basic form of Landy double is usually played as strong (for penalties).
Other bids will be based primarily on suit length and quality. Typically they will be made on hands of eleven to fifteen points, but ten will not be unknown and less than this is possible with extra length and favourable vulnerability
The common theme is that an overcall of 2♣ promises both majors.
Modern partnerships may interpret this as any one of ‘at least 4-
Most common (and recommended) is ‘5-
If your choice is 5-
Alongside the 2♣ overcall other bids may be allocated in a wide variety of different ways.
The simplest, and original, structure is that other suit bids at the two-
K Q 6 4
A Q 8 5 3
Opponents open 1NT (weak).
Bid 2♣, if playing Landy with 5-
If partner responds 2♦ I will bid 2♥, identifying the five-
You will be in the very best of company if you follow the ‘Landy’ route.
I like the basic 2♣ bid based on 5-
It gets the whole hand off your chest in one go and to some extent it invokes the preemptive potential of the major suits. Furthermore suit quality can be compromised just a little as you will always be able to show your hand without going beyond the two-
For a basic method against a weak no trump I would recommend either this or Asptro.
Alternatively, either one of these can be combined with D.O.N.T. against a strong no trump.
However, I find it limited in its inability to show a variety of different hand shapes and relatively inefficient in its use of the other available bids.
If you wish to base a method around the basic Landy method then consider Multi-
Alternatively, for a taste of expert methods, try all the complications and extended sequences associated with transfer overcalls.
Intermediate and above
|Overcaller's rebid and beyond|
|Responder's rebid and beyond|
|The continuing auction|