According to Mr. Edgar Kaplan, a leading bridge personality of former times, the origin of the lebensohl convention seems to have been lost to history. In the late. Lebensohl is a contract bridge convention used by responder after an opponent’s overcall of a one notrump (1NT) opening bid in order to compete further in the. LEBENSOHL. This convention is used when our side opens 1NT and the next player (opponent) comes into the auction. Our responder’s bid of 2NT is artificial.

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Pass shows a spade stopper and willingness to play 3NT. For example, birdge 2 bid over an opposing 2 is non-forcing, but a 3 bid would be game-forcing. In the case that the artificial overcall shows only one identifiable suit, then the known suit can be used for the cuebid. Views Read Edit View history. He uses the 2NT puppet to 3 to sign off. Over Artificial Interference Here are brixge general suggestions if the opponents make an artificial overcall.

Note that with diamonds, it is possible to stop in 4.

Team Rosters 8th March When the opposition overcall bridhe an artificial 2 level overcall, as above, but treat as if the overcaller has actually bid his anchor suit.

Pass denies 4 spades. World Bridge Youth News is your bridge on-line newspaper: Here are some simple uses of Lebensohl: The bidding has gone: With good balanced hands, you may be interested in no-trumps instead. With points, 2 is to play weak With points and a suit 2NT is bid forcing a relay to 3.

A 3-level new suit by advancer non-jump is constructive and shows HCP. This is used for a hand that’s too strong for a simple jump concention game. These are general guidelines and should be considered in this context.


Lebensohl Over 1NT Interference

Send me a message! Invitational Hands points Buckle in. The stopper refers to their suit. Any immediate cuebid promises a 4-card Major suit, but it is important to remember that the cuebid also denies having a stopper in the suit bid by the opponent.

Lebensohl after opponents open a weak 2 and we double

There are other parts to learn. Without long discussion, it is difficult to know what to bid when opponents overcall 1NT — and what partner will understand by whatever action you take. Unlike a direct cuebid, it promises a stopper in the overcalled suit. In other words, bidding 2NT and then rebidding 3NT “shows” a stopper in the opponents’ lebenzohl. Augie Boehm and his father George were early users of it.

Advancer will raise to 4. The hand is too unbalanced to invite game. Any double after an artificial overcall are considered to be natural and indicates defensive values in one or both of the suits indicated by the overcaller.

lebensohl Convention

We are willing to know about you…Send us your ideas, your comments…Help us to make grow bridge all around the planet…. This is either passed, raised, or corrected to another bgidge. First, Lebensohk want you to realize that there are also 2 ways to leensohl to 3NT!

However, Lebensold emphatically denied any part of the convention’s development. Unless the artificial overcall shows both Major suits, then cuebids are used as Stayman and all lebensohl guidelines are system on.

Finesse Safety play Coups: The auction will go: Glossary of contract bridge terms. It is important, especially in competition, that the partnership have an understanding of several defense methods employed against artificial overcalls by the opponents. Backwash squeeze Cannibal squeeze Clash squeeze Compound squeeze Criss-cross squeeze Double squeeze Entry squeeze Entry-shifting squeeze Guard squeeze Knockout squeeze Non-simultaneous double squeeze Progressive squeeze Pseudo-squeeze Saturated squeeze Simple squeeze Simultaneous double squeeze Single-suit squeeze Squeeze play Lebehsohl squeeze Strip squeeze Triple squeeze Trump squeeze Vice squeeze Winkle squeeze Suit combinations: It says nothing about notrump.


If you start feeling dizzy, I know how you feel. The lebensohl convention is the bridge tool, which allows the partnership to do this. To do this, you start with 2NT, then lebensobl a new suit at the 4-level: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The 2 No Trump response by the responder forces the partner to rebid 3 Clubs.

You can then pass with clubs or bid your suit. When doubler is loaded, i. Bidding a new suit at the 2-level is a signoff that shows points. Boehm was an expert bridge player, he played mostly socially, competing professionally for only a short time and winning one major tournament in New York in the year American Contract Bridge League.

In this case, Lebensohl is on. If the opponent opened a weak 2D, Lebensohl followed by 4H or 4S shows that suit and the other minor. But by skipping 2NT, you’re showing game-invitational strength. This situation arose after such bidding convetion and holdings were encountered, such as the following:.

Should you raise to game?