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Week 0207 : 10th June 2024

UNUSUAL NO TRUMP

A convention whereby an overall in no-trumps which, given the previous bidding, could not logically be natural, is used instead to show length in the two lowest-ranking unbid suits.

The most popular application is as an immediate overcall of a suit opening, although this is an extension of the convention, for such a bid could logically be natural.

Look at the two sequences below:

In the first sequence, West cannot possibly hold a very strong balanced hand.

In the second sequence, it is also usual to play that the 2NT bid shows the minors, because, while West could hold a very strong balanced hand, a two-suited hand is much more likely. West might hold:

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