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Three Level Response To 1 No Trump - Many methods have been developed in response to opener's 1 Notrump bid.  Here are some of the common conventional 3 level responses:
 
Convention

Meaning

Strong

A game forcing, slam invitation bid promising a long, strong suit.

1N - 3C
 

Weak

A preemptive bid, showing a long broken suit typically only holding broken entries in the minor suits.

1N - 3D
 

Distributional

Showing either a forcing or invitational game in the major suits.

1N - 3H  Shows a 5-5 invitational hand

1N - 3S  Shows a 5-5 forcing hand
 

Splinter

A game forcing bid showing a singleton or void in the bid suit and promising long minors, allowing opener to consider a minor suit game without the appropriate stopper in the splinter suit.

1N - 3S;  3S is a short suit since opener did not make a 3N bid,
4C - 5C;
 with the players finding a minor suit game
 

Puppet

An alternative treatment (to 2C), where Responder shows game-going values and asks Opener to identify either a 5 or 4 card major.

 

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