Vasilevsky Convention

This competitive conventional method was described in the book Competitive Bidding in the 21st Century by Mr. Marshall Miles.

The concept is that the opponents can enter the competitive auction after a Major suit opening, a pass by one's partner, and a first response by the partner of the opening bid of 1 No Trump.

The following competitive bids are suggested by Mr. Marshall Miles.

Speculation: The name of this conventional method is unknown, but it could be possible that it has been named after the bridge professional Mr. George Vasilevsky of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

North East South West Meaning
1 / Pass 1 NT Double A transfer to Clubs.
2 A transfer to Diamonds.
2 of bid Major Promises a good to strong Takeout
2 other Major Shows a weak Takeout and shows at least 4 cards in the other Major suit.
2 NT Promises both Minor suits. Length can be 4-4, 4-5.
3 Promises a 6-card Club suit and a 4-card suit in the unbid Major suit.
3 Promises a 6-card Diamond suit and a 4-card suit in the unbid Major suit.


If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.



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