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Meckwell Escapes comprise an escape system for use after your side has opened 1NT and the opponents have doubled for penalty. They're named for American experts Jeff Meckstroth and Eric Rodwell. After the opposing double, responder bids as follows:

Bid Meaning
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.


Meckwell escapes are relatively easy to remember. Redouble is natural. Direct suit bids are natural (with minors promising a higher suit). The forcing pass handles all other hand types.


Responder's Rebids After 2C

Responder's rebids after making a forcing pass and hearing opener rebid 2C:

Rebid Meaning
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. In these situations, pray that your opponents elect to introduce a suit of their own.


Examples

The following examples assume a strong 1NT opening. However, you can naturally tweak these hands for your own 1NT range.


OpenerResponder
Q3S642
HKQ9265
DJT7K9852
CAKJ4T87

Opener    
1NT
2 (3)

Opp 1    
Double (1)
Pass

Responder    
Pass (2)
2 (4)

Opp 2    
Pass
All pass

  1. For penalty.
  2. Artificial relay to 2C.
  3. Completing the relay.
  4. Showing a diamond one-suiter.


OpenerResponder
ATS8652
HAQ73KT92
DAJT8973
C632T7

Opener    
1NT
2 (3)

Opp 1    
Double (1)
Pass

Responder    
Pass (2)
2 (4)

Opp 2    
Pass
All pass

  1. For penalty.
  2. Artificial relay to 2C.
  3. Completing the relay.
  4. Showing 4-4 in the majors.


OpenerResponder
KJTSQ543
HA932876
DKTJ9743
CAQ835

Opener    
1NT
2 (3)

Opp 1    
Double (1)
Pass

Responder    
2 (2)
2 (4)

Opp 2    
Pass
All pass

  1. For penalty.
  2. Diamonds and a higher suit.
  3. I don't like diamonds. What's your higher suit?
  4. Spades.

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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