|Checkback by Opener|
You open the bidding with 1♠, and partner responds
1NT. What do you rebid with the following hands?
Didn't like your choices? Standard methods let you down? It might
have made no difference whether partner's
1NT was forcing.
- too good for 2♥, not good enough for a game-forcing
3♥,and 3♠is doubly flawed.
- looks like a 2NT rebid, but is partner supposed to bid hearts now with a mediocre
5-cardsuit? He might even pass 2NTwhen 4♥is on.
- plenty good enough for a game invitation, but a jump to
3♦would be game-forcing.
The answer is to use Ted's Checkback by Opener.*
Just as some responders use a
2♣ rebid as an artificial force,
there is no reason why opener cannot do the same thing. Of course, as is the case
with all conventions invoking a phony 2♣ bid, one does give up
the option of playing in two clubs.
The structure is fairly simple: After 1♥/1♠
2♣ is an artificial game-try or better. A new suit by opener thereafter is a
Responder's rebids (in order or priority):
- 2♥ (after 1♠) = 5-card suit (or longer).
- 2 of opener's major = doubleton support, weak hand, no
4-cardheart suit after 1♠.
- 3♣/3♦ shows a good suit and is
- Other hands bid 2♦ (forcing), allowing opener to complete a description. Opener's rebid of his suit or
2NTmay be passed.
2♦, and 2♥ after 1♠, are natural and
2NT (after 1♠) = precisely 5-2-3-3; otherwise, opener checks for a
2♠ (after 1♥) is 5-6, 1-round force.
3-level jump-shifts are 5-5, invitational.
Some of these sequences can be further developed to suit your taste. Most players are averse to giving up a Forcing Notrump by an unpassed hand; but this method could be employed when responder is a passed hand.
* The concept of a forcing 2♣ reopening bid hardly is new; but I believe this suggested structure to be original.