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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Lebensohl after opponents open a weak 2 and we double

He denied any responsibility though, possibly foreseeing the thousands of Lebensohl bidding accidents to come. Responder can pass weakish and with clubs or bid suit at three level. It shows a hand with constructive values a good 7 to about 10 pts. If the responder bids 3 No Trump after a three level overcall, then this response can either show or deny a stopper in the suit bid by the opponent.

Remember that the following responses are lebensohl after an immediate natural overcallnot an immediate artificial overcall. You’ll pass partner’s conbention. After an auction like: North having a spade stop and a maximum prefers the no-trump game.

Lebensohl Over 1NT Interference

The bidding has gone: He can bid the suit which was overcalled. After the opponents have opened the auction with a Weak Two bid and your partner doubles, defensive guidelines are necessary to inform your partner whether or not you, who are forced to bid, have a weak holding, a moderate holding, lebensoh, a strong holding.


Bridge partnerships have discovered that the lebensohl conventional method, although originally designed to cope with the difficulties of communicating the correct information to the partner after a 1 No Trump opening, can be used in other bidding circumstances.

American Contract Bridge League. Lebensohl is a bidding convention used when the opponents interfere over 1NT. But by skipping 2NT, you’re showing game-invitational strength. But suppose he has. A 2NT response by advancer asks doubler to bid 3 so advancer can pass or set the final contract or invite in a higher-ranking suit. If you had a bad hand, you would’ve cohvention 2 immediately.

Lebensohl Over Weak Two Bids

Six Basic Concepts to Memorize. Should you raise to game? Glossary of contract bridge terms. The true origin of the strange appellation is therefore unknown. Note that with diamonds, it is possible to stop in 4 Note: It asks partner to bid 3C, and you can then pass, sign off in a suit, or make another descriptive bid.

A bid of 4 is Leaping Michaels, showing in the Majors. Ken Lebensold declined any credit.

So, you have 4 things you can do bgidge this arena once they overcall:. After responder cue-bids, modified Stayman responses apply: The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge 7th ed.

So 1NT 2 2 is to play. Since the takeout doubler may have only 3-card support for your suit, it’s helpful to give him specific information about your length in the other major and your stoppers in the opponent’s suit. However it forms part of the entire set of bids available to responder and its meaning is the subject of a partnership agreement.


A Q-bid of 3 is Stayman and denies a heart stopper. He denied any responsibility though, possibly foreseeing the thousands of Lebensohl bidding accidents to come. Ken Lebensold was also a competitor at the event and upon reviewing Boehm’s convention card, “disowned the convention”.

When the overcall is in a suit, which by partnership agreement specifies another suit or suits, the Double is for takeout indicating that responder holds a minimum of something like AKxxx, AQJxx or KQJxx in the doubled suit.

Lebensohl can be initiated by responder after partner has opened 1NT and right hand opponent RHO has overcalled with a suit bid at the two level:. It is artificial and shows one of the following hand types: After this bidding sequence, all lebensohl guidelines are system on. Just remember, “Slow implies, fast denies.