Conventions: Meckwell Escapes

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Meckwell Escapes comprise an escape system for use after your side has opened 1NT and the opponents have doubled for penalty. They’re named for American experts Jeff Meckstroth and Eric Rodwell.

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Meckwell Escapes comprise an escape system for use after your side has opened 1NT and the opponents have doubled for penalty. They’re named for American experts Jeff Meckstroth and Eric Rodwell. After the opposing double, responder bids as follows:

Bid Meaning
Pass Shows clubs or diamonds or both majors. Partner is required to bid 2.
XX Natural.
2 At least 4-4 in clubs and a higher suit. Partner can pass or correct to 2 asking for the higher suit.
2 At least 4-4 in diamonds and a higher suit. Partner can pass or correct to 2 asking for the higher suit.
2 Natural, at least five hearts.
2 Natural, at least five spades.

Meckwell escapes are relatively easy to remember. Redouble is natural. Direct suit bids are natural (with minors promising a higher suit). The forcing pass handles all other hand types.

Responder’s Rebids After 2

Responder’s rebids after making a forcing pass and hearing opener rebid 2:

Rebid Meaning
Pass Shows at least five clubs.
2 Shows at least five diamonds.
2 Shows at least 4-4 in hearts and spades. Partner can pass or correct to spades.

With 4-3-3-3 shape, responder can either treat his four-card suit as a five-card suit, or he can treat his four-card suit and his best 3-card suit as a two-suiter. In these situations, pray that your opponents elect to introduce a suit of their own.

Examples

The following examples assume a strong 1NT opening. However, you can naturally tweak these hands for your own 1NT range.

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  1. For penalty.
  2. Artificial relay to 2.
  3. Completing the relay.
  4. Showing a diamond one-suiter.

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  1. For penalty.
  2. Artificial relay to 2.
  3. Completing the relay.
  4. Showing 4-4 in the majors.

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  1. For penalty.
  2. Diamonds and a higher suit.
  3. I don’t like diamonds. What’s your higher suit?
  4. Spades.

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