Defenses against one no-trump
August 17, 2011 1:24PM
Updated: November 3, 2011 9:45AM
If an opponent opens one no-trump, do you and your partner have a method for competing?
Just playing every bid as natural is inefficient, because it allows you to show only four one-suiters. It is better to describe a two-suiter because it doubles your chance of finding a fit.
There are methods that enjoy popularity. Landy, where two clubs shows both majors and other bids are natural, is not good. My advice on Dont is ... don’t! It stresses minors, not majors. (Overcalls of two clubs and two diamonds show that suit and a higher-ranking suit. Two hearts announces both majors.)
Cappelletti is a popular system. Two clubs is bid with any one-suiter. (Partner advances with two diamonds, then the intervenor shows his suit.) Two diamonds promises both majors. And two of a major indicates that suit and either minor (partner asking for the minor with two no-trump). In this deal, South overcalled two clubs, then rebid three clubs to show his long suit. North luckily decided not to correct to three diamonds.
West led the spade 10. East took his three winners, then shifted to the heart jack.
Since declarer had to play the trump suit for only one loser, an opponent had to have jack-doubleton. So South won with his heart ace, cashed the club ace, and led the club queen.
How many points do you need to come in over one no-trump?
It is less a matter of points, more a matter of winners. The normal assumption is that game is impossible. You get into the auction, find a fit, and get back out again.