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Pard and I are potentially interested in changing our defense to weak notrump. We'd like to have penalty doubles and most likely 2C for the majors (to facilitate getting to best major suit fit when 4=5 or 5=4).

Among the alternatives we're considering are:

1.

2C = majors

2D = major and a minor

2H = hearts

2S = spades

2.

2C = majors

2D = one major

2H = hearts and a minor

2S = spades and a minor

(For the two above, I'm intrigued by the possibility that 2C could be *either* two majors or just diamonds, as listed on one top pair's older convention card. If anyone is playing this, I'd be very interested to know how it's working for you and what your follow-up bids are.)

3.

2C = majors

2D = diamonds and a major

2H = hearts

2S = spades

4.

And the Meckwell weak notrump defense (though this seems to give up assurance of getting to best major at 2 level, at least, but if anyone has the response structure for forward-going advances, I'd be very interested in hearing them.)

2C = spades and a round suit

2D = diamonds and a major

2H = hearts

2S = spades

Thanks in advance for your thoughts on the relative merits of these approaches and others.

Bill S.

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