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opening a weak NT my way, jacques Faure Le Havre

opening a weak NT my way,     jacques Faure   (Le Havre)

Playing match-point, the main flaw with the standard 1 NT is to miss a fit 4.4 in the Majors, but, under game contracts and for the same strengh, a contract in major most often give 1 trick more: with 20 hcp we get 8 tricks in Maj= 110, versus 7 in NT = 90, with 23 hcp we get 3 Maj =140, 2NT = 120

thus even vulnerable  I open 1 NT = from 12 hcp. to 16 hcp-, 3=3Maj-(4–3m) being the perfect pattern

never ever 4 cards Maj, that's the essential point , the main thing (as in Moscito ):

 it allows:

     1) a very wide range from 12 to 16 hcp because the-R 2C is now free for a range ask

     2)  almost allways a minor contract escape, if no one possible in a Maj, thus it is  safe

 Responder bid __pass = with .8 hcp and at least 3 cards in the tow Maj, even with 5 cards in the other Maj or in a minor

                       ---3NT =13hcp

                       __-2♦=Transfer = less than 8 hcp or short /other Maj (less than 3 cards)

                       __- 2♥,same

                       __-2♠ = transfer unicolor minor C-or ♦, same

                       __- 2NT=bicolor  minor weak short /1Maj   5,5 is enough

                       __- 3C= bicolor minor FG, to follow with 4 minor to invite slam in that minor

                      __-3♦=bicolor  Maj 5,5  FG

                  |__- 2C - ARTificial --9 hcp, or more ask range for Game or slam

                               to follow with opener rebid

                                                            __-2♦=12hcp mini

                                                            __- 2♥,= 13. hcp

                                                            __-2♠ = 14 hcp

                                                            __- 2NT =15 hcp    and |__ 3C-=16 hcp

      to follow by responder second bid with :

                                                            R’|__-3♥, =invite G if good fit or 3 NT

                                                               |__ -3♠ = same

                                                              |__-4C-=invite slam /♥, (4 losers     same the italians

                                                              |__-4♦ = invite slam/♠, (4 losers)     same

                                                              |__-4-♥ = invite slam/clubs             same

                                                              |__-4♠,= invite slam/♦-                   same

                                                             |__-4 NT= RKC needs good-16hcp+ and 6ctr

R /opposition intervention I suggest:

       1NT-(-X-penalty-)--R- 2C-2♦- 2♥-2♠, naturals,          -R--XX = 5-5-Maj- R-2NT =5.5 minors

        1NT -(-2C-or-2♦ naturals)--R 2 any suit  naturals,-- R - X=bic Maj 5,5

         1NT-(2 of one Maj)--R-X = range ask vith stopper - 9+hcp    R-2NT =5.5 minors

        1NT-(bicolor Maj)--R-X = range ask vith soppers  same        - R-2NT =5.5 minors

  if -R-pass --opener X (or XX) = demand partner bid your longer minor

j Faure    Le Havre

P.S. others NT by opener :

opening 2NT = 22.23hcp

after opening 1club - opener rebid 1 NT shows 17-19 hcp, as in Precision (if not opener rebid is ♠, or 2clubs if you got neither 17 hcp, neither.4♠, nor 5C , open 1♦, even with only 2♦, as in precision.

-after 1♦,opening and 1♠, response opener rebid 1NT shows 4♥ – as many do .

after opening 1color opener rebid 2NT = 20.21 hcp  

after opening 2C (or -2♦- ) opener rebid 2NT = 24.25 hcp.

,all steps of NT are : 1) 12–16,   2) 17–19,    3) 20–21,    4) 22–23       5) 24+      it cannot be simpler! But can be improved

 

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