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Rubinsohl (Rubensohl, Transfer Lebensohl) - Typically used after opponent overcalls  partner's 1 Notrump, Rubinsohl provides responder a transfer mechanism extending the traditional Lebensohl treatment.  Similar to other transfer mechanisms, Rubinsohl allows the stronger hand to become declarer, showing length in the implied suit above the rank of the suit bid. 

Transfers to opponents' suit shows a 4 card major in the bid suit (Stayman) and obvious interest in game.  Most advanced Rubinsohl players find the most profitable treatment of responder's double as a generalized takeout double bid rather than the penalty double found in Lebensohl.

Unlike regular Lebensohl, using Rubinsohl when the responder transfers to a suit above the overcaller's suit is typically played as invitational

Note: Partnership agreements are needed regarding how to show stoppers
(FASS = Fast Arrival Shows Stopper versus SASS = Slow Arrival Shows Stopper).  SASS is the preferred treatment by most players.


1N - (2D) - ?
 

Responder's 2 level suit bids are to play.
Responder's 2N and above bids are forcing transfer bids.  If responder's implied transfer suit rank is above the rank of the overcall, the call invites game.

Opener's Transfer Suit Rebid
1N - (2D) - ? - (P);
?

Responder's Initial Bid
1N - (2D) - ?

 

Pass

2H/S is "to play" at the 2 level
Transfers are off at 2 level

 

3C

Transfers are on at 2N and above
2N
transfers opener to 3C, likely a signoff to play.
See next table for more on responder transfers to a suit whose rank is lower than the rank of the overcall suit.

Stayman


3H/S =
fit but no strength
4H/S = fit and strength
3N = Stopper, no major
3D = Denies stopper or major

3C is invitational Stayman
In this example where the opponent overcalled 2D (natural) and responder is transferring to the opponents' suit, the cuebid is Stayman.
Note: This simple Stayman method implies at responder has a tolerance for both major suits.

 

3H/S = no fit or strength
4H/S =
fit and strength

3D/H are invitational transfers opener to Hearts/Spades

 

3N (with partial stopper) or 4x

3S shows a partial stopper
(some play Minor Suit Stayman)

 

Pass (with stopper) or 4x

3N denies a stopper (Fast denies)

 

Takeout or penalty, partnership agreements vary (including level of interference)

Double

 

   


1N - (2S) - ?
 

Transfer bids below opponents' suit are forcing.  Responder may then Pass or bid 3N implying a stopper - slow shows.  Responder may also bid a new suit, game forcing - responder did not go through 2N

Opener's Transfer Suit Rebid
1N - (2S) - ? - (P);
?

Responder's Initial Bid
1N - (2S) - ?

 

3C

2N

 

3D

3C

 

3H

3D

 

Showing 4 Hearts, game forcing Stayman

3H  transfer cuebid

  

Transfer bids below opponents' suit are forcing.  Responder may then Pass or, bid 3N (implies a stopper - slow shows), or bid a new suit (also game forcing)

1N - (2S) - 2N

Opener's Transfer Suit
1N - (2S) - 2N - (P);
3C

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responder's Rebid
1N - (2S) - 2N - (P);
3C - (P)   - ?

Pass, 3C was to play - weak hand, long Clubs

If responder now bids a new suit, the suit is natural and game forcing as:
3D, long Diamonds, unspecified stopper, game forcing

3H,  5+ Hearts, unspecified stopper, game forcing

3H is Stayman, cuebid showing 4 Hearts

3S Partnership agreement needed
(FASS/SASS)

3N is "to play", showing Spade stopper

 

Opener's Transfer Suit
1N - (2S) - 3C - (P);
3D

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responder's Rebid
1N - (2S) - 3D - (P);
3C - (P)   - ?

Pass, 3D was to play - weak hand, long Diamonds

3H,  5+ Hearts, unspecified stopper, game forcing

3H is Stayman, cuebid showing 4 Hearts

3S Partnership agreement needed
(FASS/SASS)

3N is "to play", showing Spade stopper

 Also see Lebensohl
 

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