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Defensive Bidding Over 1NT
Take your choice... There are easily a dozen popular methods for bidding after an opponent opens 1NT, and most of them approach the problem by trying to show either a two-suited hand or a 6-card suit. Let's look at the problems they have.
DONT is one of many popular methods for defending against an opening bid of 1NT and a lot of your opponents play it, so what is it?
This is a brief description...
When your partner uses a DONT overcall and you would prefer to play in his higher suit the agreement is that you will bid the next ranking suit as an Asking Bid
Okay, you have agreed to play DONT with a new partner and you pick up this awful hand...
But if you had asked about the second suit it surely would have been spades. And that, my friend, is the problem with DONT. Partner's second suit is unknown and you cannot make an intelligent decision if you are in the dark.
But sometimes that's also an advantage! With this hand the opponents must have a spade fit, but the old guy on your right didn't know what your partner's second suit was either and was reluctant to bid, so they didn't find their best contract... But neither did you.
Defense to DONT
What should the opening bidder's partner do to find the spade contract? Nothing is perfect, of course, but every agreement will help. With that in mind, consider this:
Better than DONT
Tell your partner you do not want to play the DONT convention and that you have a better way - Modified Brozel. This convention eliminates the unknown second suit so you always know what your partner is holding. This is the structure:
If you would like a more complete explanation of the DONT convention, try: