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Your partner's 1NT opening was overcalled. Pass with 4-card Major? Aargh!

Lebensohl is a way of keeping systems open, now Stayman is off. Just cue bid the enemy suit instead of bidding 2club.

"Like Stayman" means asking for a 4-card Major.

(Another option after enemy interference is to double, in this case for penalties).

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Interfering bids. Overcalls, Response to 1NT after suit overcall (Lebensohl)

Your partner opened 1NT. But the opposition overcalled in a suit, showing an opening hand. You have three options now, in addition to passing

  • bid naturally (Stayman and Transfers are cancelled)
  • use Lebensohl cue bid (that's a way of re-instating Stayman)
  • double in this case for penalties.

Your partner's 1NT opening was overcalled. Pass with 4-card Major? Aargh!

"Reinstate" Stayman with a cue bid of the enemy suit

Lebensohl is a way of keeping systems open, now Stayman is off. Just cue bid the enemy suit instead of bidding 2club.

  • 2spadeheartdiamond = natural, 5-card
  • 3spadeheartdiamond = natural, 5-card, forcing to game
  • 3 cue bid enemy = like Stayman, no enemy stopper
  • 3 NT=to play, no enemy stopper
  • 2NT=relay, auto reply 3club, then. . .. . .
  • 3 suit < enemy = to play
  • 3 suit > enemy = inviting
  • 3 cue bid enemy, as above with stopper
  • 3 NT, as above with stopper

"Like Stayman" means asking for a 4-card Major, because you have one.

The response codes are the same as after Stayman, but possibly at the 4-level if they overcalled in Spades, so you might want to reconsider. It's going to be much eaasier to cope with a minor overcall. If the response code 4diamond meaning no Majors has been consumed by the cue bid of the enemy suit, then bid 3NT.

Other situations

2NT as a puppet to 3club is often used in other positions and is usually given the same name, Lebensohl.

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