The following is a presentation of a set of outlines for No Trump responses authored by Mr. Christopher Monsour and presented in an online bridge forum discussing No Trump response methods. These overcalls to an opening bid of No Trump by the opposing side have some similarities with an alternative version of D.O.N.T. as authored by Mr. Marty Bergen and also Meckwell as authored by Mr. Jeffrey (Jeff) John Meckstroth and Mr. Eric Victor Rodwell, although the discussion is indeed tangentially about the defense overcall method Blooman authored by Mr. Irv Bloom.

Background

Mr. Christopher Monsour is of Chicago, Illinois, United States. He placed second in the 0-5000 Mini-Spingold conducted Sunday, July 23, 2006, at the 78th Summer North American Bridge Championships. His team mates were Mr. Paul Stern, Mr. Daniel Levin, and Mr. James O'Neil. He is also active on various online bridge forums and blogs.

     
     

Note: The online forum question and response are included below and verbatim only pertaining to their relevancy, but also according to the restrictions of online presentation. Source. Posted April 26, 2009.

Outline of the No Trump Overcalls

East   South   Meaning
1 NT   2   Shows both Major suits. (2 asks for the better one).
    2   Shows Hearts and Diamonds.
    2   Shows Hearts.
    2   Shows Spades.
    2 NT   Shows both Minor suits.
    3   Shows Clubs.
    3   Shows Diamonds.

Note: This version of No Trump overcalls eliminates the immediate or balancing preemptive bids, some of which are not addressed in other conventional overcall methods.

Double Forcing 2 Clubs

East   South   West   North   Meaning
1 NT   Double   Pass   2   (Relay bid).
Pass   2           Shows Spades and Diamonds.
    2           Shows Hearts and Clubs.
    2           Shows Spades and Clubs.
    2NT           Shows very strong Major-Minor two-suiters (devise your own scheme, just too strong to risk being passed.)

 

 

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