New MisIry - 2NT through 3D

MisIry, as defined in chapter three, starts with 3♣ a bid which includes three different strong hand types, and this cramps the auction. And ends with 3 which has only one strong variety. This distorts the ease of the method and taxes memory. Another trade-off is that an opening preempt in ♣ is not possible. Worse, with clubs and hearts, or diamonds and hearts and four losers, you can not get out at the three level.

A solution to all these problems is quite easy, and allows the same rules as with MisIry, that is, the transfer preempt is two sutier without the transfer suit or preempt in the transfer suit. However, the transfer preempts start with 2NT as club preempt or a strong two suiter with HEARTS and without CLUBS. Then the 3♣ opening bid becomes a preempt with CLUBS and WITHOUT diamonds, and 3 a preempt with hearts or a Two suiter with DIAMONDS and without hearts. Thus, each bid show only two possible strong hands. And, except for minor two suiter, all the other two suiters can stop at three level if responder is broke.

In addition, the uncertainly associated with 3C-3D-3S (3 or 4 losers) is gone. Against all of these tremendous advantages is only one disadvantage. You lose natural 2NT opening bid. If you want to play New MisIry, you have to open 1♣ or 1 and then, if given chance, use new minor forcing followed by 3NT with 20-21 hcp.

The strong two suiter is defined as:

  • 5-5 or better in two suits, with
  • FOUR or fewer losers.
The hand should also have a fair number of controls and good intermediates in any long "weak" suits. Just because you CAN open with a MisIry bid doesn't mean you have too. If you have a four loser hand that you feel uncomforable with, you may elect to open at the one level. This is especially true of a spade-club two suiter with a weak version of the bid (as we will see). In addition, always have at least Q97xx or better in your worse suit. Also, if your controls are in your short suits, with weak in both long suits, you need very good hand to open with this bid. Since MishoVnBg and Inquiry developed this convention (others use very similiar versions), we named this one MisIry transfer preempts

Any strong two suiter with spades is shown by

  1. Opener rebidding in spades, or
  2. Opener rebidding in the opened suit (opening 2NT shows hearts), so after 2NT opening bid this means heart rebids.

Any strong two suiter without spades are shown by opener:

  1. Rebidding anything other than the opened suit or spades
  2. Stated this is the know short suit, NT and the "other" suit.

As in normal MisIry, the higher opener's rebid, the better his hand. Without spades, there are three bids at each level above the 3 level to show the quality of the two suiter, with spades, there are two bid at each level to show the quality of the suits.

Let's start with spades. The cheapest bid shows 4 losers, the next cheapest shows 3 losers. After that, each bid shows sequentially a lower number of losers with and then without a need for a cover card in the cheapest non-anchor suit. As always, if opener's rebid forces responder to take preference at a higher level, it shows 1 less loser. Any bid that allows responder to choose between teh two suits at the same level differentiates between need for a cover card in the cheapest non-anchor suit.

Hearts and Spade two suiters

2NT-3C, opener then rebids

  • 3H 4 losers, both majors
  • 3S 3 losers, both majors, need a club cover
  • 4H 3 loser, no need club (same losers as 3S since choice is 4 level)
  • 4S 2 loser, need club (one less loser since choice chances level)
  • 5H 2 loser, no need club
  • 5S 1 loser, need club
  • 6H 1 loser, no club needed
  • 6S 0 loser, better spades or equal
  • 7H 0 loser, better hearts
Club Spade two suiter
3C - 3D, opener rebids

  • 3S - four losers, Spades and clubs
  • 4C - three losers, Spades and club
  • 4S - 2 losers, need diamond, spades and clubs
  • 5C - 2 loser, no diamond needed, spades and clubs
  • 5S - 1 loser, need diamond, spades and clubs
  • 6C - 1 loser, no diamond loser, spades and clubs
  • 6S - 0 loser, equal or better spades
  • 7C - 0 loser, better clubs

Diamond Spade two suiter

3D - 3H, opener rebids

  • 3S 4 loser,
  • 4D 3 loser,
  • 4S 2 loser, need Club
  • 5D 2 loser, no need for club
  • 5S 1 loser, need club
  • 6D 1 loser, no need for club
  • 6S 0 loser, equal or spades
  • 7D 0 loser, better diamonds
When your two suiter excudes spades, you are offered three rebids at most level to show loser count and needs in the short suit. When three bids can be used without furhter raising the level, they show need for lowest non-anchor suit king (note, ACE of the higher non-anchor suit is a substitute, so opener can show need for king in lower suit when holding AK in that suit and small singleton in the higher suit), need specifically for the ACE in the lower suit, or no need for a cover in the lower non-anchor suit. This also allows opener to show 0 loser hand with no preference (AKQxx AKQxx or AKQxxx AKQxxx) or with preference AKQxxx versus AKQxx, or AKQJx versus AKQxx) directly.

With Heart and Diamond Two Suiter
2NT --> 3♣

  • 3D 4 losers, hearts and diamonds
  • 3NT 3 losers, H+D, need club King (or spade ACE)
  • 4C 3 loser, H+D, need for club Ace
  • 4D 3 loser, H+D no need for club
  • 4NT 2 losers, H+D, need club King (or spade ace)
  • 5C 2 loser, H+D, need for club Ace
  • 5 D 2 loser, H+D, no need for club
  • 5NT 1 losers, H+D, need club King
  • 5C 1 loser, H+D, need for club Ace
  • 5D 1 loser, H+D, no need for club
  • 6C 0 loser, H+D, better hearts
  • 6D 0 losers, H+D, better diamonds
  • 6NT 0 loser, H+D equal suits

Club Heart two suiter

3C - 3D, opener rebids

  • 3H 4 loser, heart plus club two suiter
  • 3NT 3 loser, need diamond (no room at 4 level to differentiate between king and ace needs)
  • 4C 3 loser, no need for diamond
  • 4H 2 loser, need diamond king (or Ace Spades)
  • 4NT 2 loser, need diamond Ace
  • 5C 2 loser, no need for diamond
  • 5H 1 loser, need diamond King (or Ace Spades)
  • 5NT 1 loser, need diamond Ace
  • 6C - 1 loser, no diamond end
  • 6H - 0 loser, better hearts
  • 6NT - 0 loser equal suits
  • 7C - 0 loser, better clubs

Diamond Club two suiter

3D-3H, Opener rebids

  • 3NT - 4 loser
  • 4C - 3 loser
  • 4H - 2 loser - King H useful (or spade Ace)
  • 5NT - 2 loser - Ace H useful only
  • 5C - 2 loser - No heart needed
  • 5H - 1 loser - King H useful
  • 5NT - 1 loser - Ace heart useful
  • 6C - 1 loser - No heart useful
  • 6H - 0 loser, hearts better
  • 6NT - 0 loser, equal suits
  • 7C - 0 loser, prefer clubs

As you can see, depening upon room available with rebid, you can show just 3 losers, 3 losers with need for some undefined cover in lowest side suit, or 3 losers with need for King, then ace in lowest side suit. With 1 or 2 losers, you can pinpoint need in the lowest non-anchor suit.

After Opener's rebid, responder bids are

  1. 3NT by responder is natural.
  2. Rebids in the anchor suits are natural (a jump to 5 of a major ask for six if missing the QUEEN)
  3. Non-anchor suits at three level are Denial Cue-bids (see below)
  4. Non-anchor suit bids at four level are Denial cue-bids
  5. 4NT always shows King of highest non-anchor suit
  6. A jump to 4NT when 3S is available as denial cue-bid shows King of spades and ACE of lowest side suit.
  7. A four level bid in a denial suit that could have been bid at the three level shows both side suit kings
  8. Cue-bids above 4NT (if 4NT was available) shows rather than denies values in bid suit.

DENIAL CUE-BIDDING at the four level

To discover working cover cards, we start by determining which non-anchor cards might be useful. Opener helps when his losers are few with rebids at four and higher levels. But many of openers rebids provide no clues as to what kind of side suit covers might be needed. We explore this with DENIAL CUE-BIDS in the non-anchor suits at the three or four level.

Denial Cue-bids: Responder cheapest rebid in a non-anchor suit at the three or four level denies a control in that suit, a skipped side suit promises a control (AK or distributional)

4NT, rather or not you skipped a non-anchor suit or not, promises the king in the highest non-anchor suit as one of the controls. Bidding past 4NT (if denial cue-bid was possible) promises the ace in the highest non-anchor suit: such that, for instance, 3♣-3 -3♥-5♣ shows ♣-king and -Ace. While, 5 on this auction shows AK A in the two off suits, it doesn’t matter which, as that will always cover any non-anchor losers. (if it was not possible to make a denial cue-bid the lower side suit at the four level, then bypassing the suit at the five level denies a control in that suit rather than shows the king. With two non-anchor aces, consider that is two covers and bid accordingly (see below). Also, responders bids in a suit ABOVE 4NT, are never denial cue-bids, but rather asking if king in that suit is useful or other conventional meaning.

Opener's Action After Denial Cue-bidAfter responder describes his non-anchor holdings, opener evaluates his hand as if the “showing” of controls by responder was a question. If responder shows no cover in one of the non-anchor suits, opener signs off in the cheapest anchor suit if:
  • A --> He also lacks a stopper in that suit (two quick loser), or
  • B --> He has no use for a cover card in the other non-anchor suit

The signoff in case “A” is obvious. But why does opener signoff in case “B”? The answer is easy. Responder is “counting” his sure covers. Your signoff simply says that his higher non-anchor covers are not working and/or you are off two quick tricks in the other non-anchor minor. However, if responder has three anchor covers, you can not be off two quick tricks in both non-anchor suits (that would be five losers). This allows responder to accurate count the usefulness of his non-anchor ACE should he have three sure covers plus that ace.

If opener does not signoff after a denial bid, then opener has a stopper in the denial suit and he has a possible use for the stopper in the other suit. Note, if responder uses denial bid in the cheapest non-anchor suit, he may or may not have a stopper in the higher side suit, but if makes denial bid in higher suit, he has stopper in skipped suit. The second suit (where presumably a stopper is held by responder), could be ACE or King. If responder needs the ACE (and not king) in the second suit, he show this as follows:

If only the ACE is working cover, opener makes a single step response (the cheapest anchor suit is not a step, but rather a signoff). This ask if the stopper in the second suit is the ACE? If it is not, responder must signoff (this can be in slam if he has three other sure cover cards so just his king in this suit is not working.) If responder does not signoff, it means he has the ACE and a "potential distributional queen" in one of the anchor suits and he needs more info (if he has the ace and no potential queen, he signoff at approriate level too).

If Opener needs either kind of stopper (that is, if opener has a small doubleton, or Kx or Ax), he is free to instead to skip the first cheapest non-signoff. The reason is two fold: first responder will know that any cover he has in the other anchor is working (and importantly, that AK in that suit is a double cover card!). Second, opener can show with his next bid what anchor queens might be missing (see next paragraph)

Part II looking for "distributional Queens"

A. Opener shows missing Queens: Over the denial cue-bid, if OPENER needs a cover in the second side suit and has a cover in the denied suit, and he has both anchor queens, he bids the second anchor suit (skipping the cheapest). A return to anchor suits are negative, the cheapest anchor rebid suggest two losers in denied suit, the second cheapest shows cover for the side suit, but need for distributional queen and so it is the second most negative bid.

Any non-anchor suit (other than cheapest step which is ace ask) shows a missing queen, the cheaper one shows missing queen in lower suit, the next cheapest missing queen in the higher. Should opener be missing both anchor queens, a jump to 5NT shows both missing but so is the ACE of the suit responder denied a stopper in (thus no grand slam is possible).

If opener has the ACE of the suit responder denied a stopper in, he jump to six of the cheaper anchor suit (pass/correct), with responder having the power to correct to seven with adequate covers.

B. Responder shows distributional queens: Sometimes it is cheaper for opener to make the ACE ask question EVEN when he knows responder holds the ACE in the non-anchor suit (say he has Kx), as it gives responder a chance to show if he has a distributional cover for the missing queen. Responder “signs off” in either anchor suit without the ace, and bids cheapest non-signoff to show one "distributional queen". Opener then uses paradox bids in response to this to show which distributional queen might be useful. For instance, if anchor suits are clubs or spades, and responders last bid was 4NT to show a distributional club control. Opener would bid 5C only if he holds the club queen (so that five clubs or doubleton club is not useful). This way no slam, or grand slam will be missed.

Responders ReBids at 4NT or higher

Now assume that partner shows the king of higher suit (4NT) and an unknown stopper in the lower suit. At least one of these is usually working, and sometimes both. Opener can ask about the nature of the cheapest suit with the cheapest non-signoff (higher is king, with 4NT bid). Other than that, the other bids are the same, the second non-cheapest anchor suit shows no missing anchor queen, and the other bids show different anchor queens missing. 5NT shows ACE of highest suit missing, pick a slam, 6 of the cheapest anchor shows both missing queens, but both non-anchor suit aces held. Same rules also reply if responder bypasses 4NT with his response to show Ace of top suit and king of the lower suit. If opener shows 3 loser, and king of the side suit is useful. Cheapest non-signoff ask if king of the other suit is useful, opener tries to signoff if it is not useful, and shows missing queens if it is. Now you see why the name MisIry, but examples posted in comments or elsewhere will help you see how this works.

Responders jump to 5NT or 5 of the highest non-anchor suit. Shows both side aces, and a distiributional queen in lower or higher suit and looking for grand if the distributional queen is working.

Let's see how this works with the five possible cover hand we held earlier

♠ K x x
K x x x x
x x
♣ A x x

Partner opened 3H and rebid 3NT over 3S. This shows a H/D two suiter with four losers. We bid 4NT to show spade King and ACE or king of clubs. If partner bids:

  • 5C he is asking for club ace, we would confirm ace and show two distributional queens
    ---> bid 5S to show a distributional queen, you will hear paradox bid
  • 5D return to the lowest side suit, shows spade king not working
    ---> bid 6H
  • 5H shows holding both queens, but suggest controls working,
    ---> bid 6H
  • 5S shows black controls working, and missing diamond queen
    ---> bid 7H
  • 5NT shows black controls working, missing both queens BUT ace S too
    ---> bid 6H
  • 6D shows both black working, has spade ace, and missing both queens
    ---> bid 7H

Showing strong two suiters in competition

The rules for showing strong hands in competition. If opener doubles their suit that has not been supported it shows the bid suit as one of openers (if one doubles for takeout and the other bids, double is now takeout strong, with four losers)

If opener does not double, but rather bids, he shows a strong two suiter. If the strong two suiter must be known, the rules are: Cheapest bid, 4 Losers, 2nd cheapest 3 losers, 3rd cheapest 2 losers, 4th cheapest, 1 loser, except, if the bidding is still at the three level, openers rebids are as if no-competition.

One piece of evil competition is when your own partner raises your suit, or bids a new suit forcing. Below are the rules for this situation.If partner bids a new suit (not the transfer), this is forcing. Opener will rebid his suit with a real preempt. Opener may raise responder suit with a fit but a preemptive hand. Any strong hand, and fit, should go through 4NT RKCB, as grand slam is almost surely assured.

Any bid but raise or preempt suit rebid show strong two suiter, that does not include the suit bid by partner. The bids are, cheapest, 4 losers, 2nd cheapest 4 losers – partial fit for responder suit, 3rd cheapest 3 losers, 4th cheapest 4 loser – partial fit for responder suit, etc. Partial fit is two cards. A rebid of the suit by responder warns of misfit. Natural bidding after openers rebid on these auctions.

If Responder jumps in a suit, he is showing a SOLID suit (AKQJxx or better). If partner wants to play in his suit even if we have a strong two suiter, he bids his suit (forcing) then rebids it. If partner raises our presumed weak suit (raising the preempt, or bidding game to make), we simply bid our cheapest suit, or higher if the any of the bids show the right hand. In other words, if we were going to bid 4NT over partner completion of the transfer, we can still bid 4NT to show the same kind of hand.

With Multi-2D, MisIry Transfers, and the 2Club methods described, we have pulled a lot of hands out of the meaning of our one level opening bids, and have put a top on what reverses and jump rebids can show. If you start thinking about the hands that have been removed, you will see how this can greatly simplify all your "normal" auctions.

The auctions are very similiar to original MisIry, but much simplified. It also is a little more precise. The major disadvantage, as listed earlier, is the effect on 2NT. With 2NT hands, at most tables, the bidding might go 2NT-3C-3H-4H where the strong hand is the declarer. Here the bidding will go 1m-1H and responder will be the declarer. That seems to be the bid disadvantage.

Against that disadvantage you can also stay out of bad slams.

Produced by BRidgeBRowser on 7/21/2005
MP-4        bevb        Dlr: North
Board 1017  S AQ97652   Vul: E-W
            H 5
ChrisC      D J94       pcharles
S K4        C J3        S T83
H 84                    H T9762
D KQ753     kresh       D AT2
C T642      S J         C 98
            H AKQJ3
            D 86
            C AKQ75

1/28/2000 10:28:21 PM Duration 04:06
First  9:52:07 PM, Last 10:33:20 PM

North    East     South    West
                          3C       Pass    
3D        Pass      3NT     Pass    
4C       Pass       4H      All Pass

3C = diamonds weak or H+not D strong
3D = this might work
3NT = H/C, 3 loser, need D
4C = dang
4H = really good hearts

  # Contr   Ld  Decl     Tr  Score   Pts
  1 6H    W DK  Stephan   8  -400   0.85
  2 6N    W DK  mzh       8  -400   0.85
  3 6H    W DK  jiml1     9  -300   3.39
  4 5H    W DK  aliang    9  -200  10.17
  5 5S    E DA  lclarke   9  -200  10.17
  6 5S    E DA  SSikkes   9  -200  10.17
  7 5S    E DA  clio      9  -200  10.17
  8 6S    E DA  sallyjn  10  -200  10.17
  9 6S    E C9  Sai      10  -200  10.17
 10 6S    E DA  brasco   10  -200  10.17
 11 4S    E C9  sterrett  9  -100  31.36
 12 4S    E HT  pod       9  -100  31.36
 13 4S    E DA  yh-c      9  -100  31.36
 14 4S    E DA  Falco     9  -100  31.36
 15 4S    E DA  tonkaxx   9  -100  31.36
 16 4S    E HT  wusui     9  -100  31.36
 17 4S    E DA  leah      9  -100  31.36
 18 4S    E DA  dogofwar  9  -100  31.36
 19 4S    E D2  pooch     9  -100  31.36
 20 4S    E H7  stuartm   9  -100  31.36
 21 4S    E DA  miamijd   9  -100  31.36
 22 4S    E DA  gshalom   9  -100  31.36
 23 4S    E HT  harm      9  -100  31.36
 24 4S    E DA  bookie7   9  -100  31.36
 25 4S    E DA  evilyn    9  -100  31.36
 26 4S    E DA  mominka   9  -100  31.36
 27 5S    E DA  Hoot     10  -100  31.36
 28 6S    E DA  knllees  11  -100  31.36
 29 4C    W H8  finess   11   150  47.46
 30 3H    W C2  sperng   10   170  50.85
 31 3H    W DK  weiyin   10   170  50.85
 32 3H    W C6  Hasty    10   170  50.85
 33 5C    W DK  patti111 11   600  55.93
 34 5C    W DK  icj      11   600  55.93
 35 5C    W S4  lennox1  11   600  55.93
 36 4H    W DK  maxell   10   620  61.86
 37 4H    W DK  kresh    10   620  61.86
 38 4H    W C2  zukejb   10   620  61.86
 39 4S    E C9  frion3   10   620  61.86
 40 4S    E HT  trudy    11   650  72.03
 41 4S    E C9  tulip    11   650  72.03
 42 4S    E C9  mashee   11   650  72.03
 43 4S    E C9  lynne    11   650  72.03
 44 5S    E C9  cody     11   650  72.03
 45 5S    E DA  BPratico 11   650  72.03
 46 5S    E DA  alexa    11   650  72.03
 47 5S    E DA  BIGSKY   11   650  72.03
 48 4S    E C9  estellel 12   680  86.44
 49 4S    E C8  bengat   12   680  86.44
 50 4S    E S3  zucker   12   680  86.44
 51 4S    E HT  zzsenc   12   680  86.44
 52 4S    E HT  PV       12   680  86.44
 53 4S    E S3  RalphH   12   680  86.44
 54 4S    E C9  barrjac  12   680  86.44
 55 4S    E C9  jss      12   680  86.44
 56 5S    E C9  mamajay  12   680  86.44
 57 4S    E C9  henry    13   710  96.61
 58 4S    E C9  lotsopt  13   710  96.61
 59 4S    E HT  wschramm 13   710  96.61
 60 4HXX  W SK  song     11  1480 100.00