Meckwell Escapes comprise an escape system for use after your side has opened 1NT and the opponents have doubled for penalty. After the double, responder bids as follows:

Pass Shows clubs or diamonds or both majors. Partner is required to bid 2.
XX Natural.
2 At least 4-4 in clubs and a higher suit. Partner can pass or correct to 2 asking for the higher suit.
2 At least 4-4 in diamonds and a higher suit. Partner can pass or correct to 2 asking for the higher suit.
2 Natural, at least five hearts.
2 Natural, at least five spades.


Responder's rebids after the sequence

1NT X Pass! Pass
2C

Pass Shows at least five clubs.
2 Shows at least five diamonds.
2 Shows at least 4-4 in hearts and spades. Partner can pass or correct to spades.


With 4-3-3-3 shape, responder can either treat his four-card suit as a five-card suit, or he can treat his four-card suit and his best 3-card suit as a two-suiter.

See also

  • Brozel Escapes
    An escape system based on the Brozel convention.

  • Dig-Out
    An escape system that emphasizes 2-suiters with spades.

  • Exit Transfers
    An escape system that uses transfer bids.

  • Helvic Wriggle
    An escape system (wriggle) that includes a conventional pass and redouble, as well as "touching" suit escapes.

  • Moscow Escapes
    An escape system with suit runouts very similar to the DONT convention.

  • Owen Wriggle
    An escape system (wriggle) that includes a multi-purpose forcing pass and 2 bid to show any 2-suiter.

  • Staveley Wriggle
    An escape system (wriggle) with a "multi" style 2 runout.

  • SWINE
    An escape system by Australians Bob Sebesfi and Paul Woods.

  • Touching Escapes
    An escape system that uses suit bids to show "touching" 2-suiters.

  • Twisted SWINE
    A variation of the SWINE convention.

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