Cozofu：Now few and few
play penalty double over Strong NT opening.We play a very simple
version of escaping sequence when our NT overcalls get
xx: one suiter.
2C: C + higher,
2D: D + major
Usually, it's not a good idea to
escape with 4-4 two suiters I think,because 1NT can often be the
best spot if both sides have semi-balanced shape. 4432 vs 4432,
it's often correct to play in NT. Also, 1NT is hard to defend. You
can often escape from a large penalty if you have many tens and
If you play weak NT, it's more
important to have a escaping convention. still, DONT works fine
There are also some players
playing pass forcing to redouble, redouble asks pd to relay to 2C.
You can actually design your own escaping conventions.
If you play 16-18 1NT, I believe
it doesn't make sense to escape with 4-4 two suiters. Because your
pd's average HCP is about 16.8, there are many cases that you may
not find a good fit at 2 level and 1NT is the best contract. In
that case, you can play transfer bid over penalty double. Actually
some very good players don't play anything special when their
strong NT get doubled. They only play 2 level as natural and sign
off. From my experience, doubling strong NT for penalty is a
losing convention. I'd rather play DONT or Woolsey over strong NT.
N E S W
1S 4D 4S 5D
the sequence you mentioned, 5H should be natural and mild slam
interest.partner may stretch to bid 4S, so 5H should be at least
something like this:
SAKxxx HAKJxx Dxx Cx I believe.
pd may have as little as
SQxxx Hxxx Dx CKQJxx to bid 4S,
so when your diamond is long,your pd may stretch to bid 4S. So 5H
just asks pd to bid 6S with:
1 good controls and full value,
about an opening hand.
2 intermediate hands, but honors
I think usually you can bid 6S
with 3 cover cards and some ruffing value. so the minimum hand to
raise to 6S is somthng like:
SQxxx HQxx Dx CAxxxx, here you
have SQ, HQ, CA are all good and ruffing value in D. So you have a