## Wednesday, February 29, 2012

### Another 1NT Overcalling Structure with Two-Under

In my book, Overcalling pponent's 1NT, I made a lot of suggestions for structure types for overcalling 1NT using 2C as "one or both majors."  The suggestions were not meant to be exhaustive.  Another idea occurred to me today that some might like.

1NT-?

2C = Both majors (longer or equal hearts), or just hearts, or just spades and a minor
2D = "Soft" Reverse Flannery (4H/5S, 4H/6S, or just 6+ spades)
2H = Hearts and a minor
2S = 4S, longer minor

Another version, which is not strictly the same:

1NT-?

2C = "Soft" Flannery (4S/5H, 4S/6H, or just 6+ hearts, or SEE BELOW)
2D = "Soft" Reverse Flannery (4H/5S, 4H/6S, or just 6+ spades)
2H = Hearts and a minor
2S = Spades and a minor

In this version, 2C followed by 2S would be "one or both minors" with values.  With a weak hand, bid 2NT or three of the minor immediately.  If partner prefers spades (bids 2D), Overcaller must bid 2NT, 3C, or 3D instead of 2S with the minor(s) hand.  The purpose of this structure is to allow Overcaller to make another descriptive call with the values hands and both majors.