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2NT in Competition

2NT in a competitive auction is often not that useful so it can be used as an artifical takeout.

Sometimes responder will want to define strength, using Lebensohl, and sometimes responder will want to define shape using the 2NT as 2-suited takeout.

Lebensohl

After the opposition overcall our 1NT opening at the 2 level


   1NT
      (2x)
         2y = Natural, NF
         2NT = Puppet to 3♣
            3♣
               3x = Stayman, with stop
               3y below = Natural, NF
               3y above = Natural, INV
               3NT = Natural, with stop
         3x = Stayman, without stop
         3y = Natural, FG
         3NT = Natural, without stop

After the opposition open at the 2 level and partner doubles


   (2x)
      X
         2y = Natural, NF
         2NT = Puppet to 3♣
            3♣
               3y below = Natural, NF
               3y above = Natural, INV
         3y below = Natural, INV
         3y above = Natural, FG

Takeout Examples


   (1x)
      X
         (2x)
            2NT = takeout


   (1x)
      P
         (2x)
            X
               (?)
               2NT = takeout


   (1♠)
      P
         (2X)
            X
               (?)
               2NT = takeout
                  (?)
                     3♣
                        (?)
                           3 = D+H