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Andrew’s favourite conventions (one)

We begin our Top Ten Conventions with Landy, my preferred defence to an opposing opening bid of 1 NT. It is important to be able to show a hand with both majors and in the Landy convention, a 2 ♣ overcall over their 1 NT shows at least nine cards in s and ♠s and about nine or more points. Responder merely bids his longer major at the two-level, unless he has an unexpectedly good hand, in which case he can jump. Note that with equal length in the majors Responder should reply 2  to 2 ♣, enabling Opener to bid his longer major.

 
West Deals
None Vul
Q 9 8 7 2
A 10 9 4
K 8 3
3
K J 4
Q 7
Q J 4 2
A 10 7 6
 
N
W   E
S
 
A 10 6 3
8 5 2
10 9 7
K Q 4
 
5
K J 6 3
A 6 5
J 9 8 5 2
West North East South
1 NT 2 ♣ Pass 2 
Pass Pass Pass

West would have easily made 1 NT, especially on the likely ♠ lead from North (winning the first eight tricks with – in order -♠ J, ♠ K, ♠ 10, ♠ A, ♣ K, ♣ Q, ♣ 10 and ♣ A). But North’s 2 ♣ bid - Landy - got his side to the excellent 2  contract, West leading  Q.
Declarer won  A and led ♠ 5 to ♠ 4, ♠ 7 and East’s ♠ 10. East led  10 to dummy’s  K, ♠ 2 was trumped with  3 and ♣ 8 led to East’s ♣ Q. East cashed  9 and switched (belatedly) to  2 to  6,  Q and  A. Declarer trumped dummy’s ♠ 8 with  J, trumped ♣ 2, trumped ♠ 9 with  K, trumped ♣ 5 with  9 and also scored  10. Nine tricks.

ANDREW’S FAVOURITE CONVENTIONS: (1) The Landy Defence to an opposing 1 NT opener.

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