Conventions: XYZ by BridgeHands

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XYZ allows the partnership to explore game using low level bids and efficiently find suit fits.

Convencion XYZ
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XYZ ConventionXYZ, meaning 3 successive partnership bids beneath the 2 level is a forcing conventional bid (similar to New Minor Forcing and Checkback Stayman methods).

XYZ allows the partnership to explore game using low level bids and efficiently find suit fits. Generally, the XYZ Convention is “on” when responder’s rebid options include both minor suits (2C and 2D). The XYZ Convention has 10 possible unimpeded bidding sequences:

1 – 1;
1
1 – 1;
1
1 – 1;
1NT
1 – 1;
1
1 – 1;
1N
1 – 1;
1NT
1– 1;
1
1 – 1;
1NT
1 – 1;
1NT
1 – 1;
1NT

 

 

 

 

Should the opposition enter the auction, XYZ is still on in 1 level auctions, such as:

1 – (X) – XX – (1/);
1/NT
1 – (1/) – X – (P);
1NT
1 – (P) – 1 – (1);
X
Still on if Support Dbl

After XYZ is invoked responder bids are:

Response Meaning
2 Requests opener to bid 2 which responder may pass or follow up with an invitational bid.
Note: like similar conventional bids, responders rebid beyond 1 Notrump is artificial and alertable.
2 Game forcing, responder’s hand pattern not yet disclosed, leaving an abundance of bidding space.
Note: like similar conventional bids, responders rebid beyond 1 Notrump is artificial and alertable.
2/ Showing a signoff bid
2NT Inviting 3NT
3 Showing a signoff bid
3/S Game forcing, shape showing

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