Escape When Nonvul Mini-NT Is Doubled or Do You Wanna Dance?

Those who play a nonvul mini-NT are familiar with a frequent upside when the opponents experience difficulty judging their best action.

There is also an occasional downside when the opponents double the opening NT.  Our primary objective then shifts to improving the contract whenever possible.

Using our nonvul status to full advantage may allow us to play in a silly contract undoubled for a better result than 1NX, and this consideration enables an accurate (not perfect) runout system to locate 4-4 fits.

1NT-(X)-?  {Normally bid any long suit immediately.}

P=Denies C & another suit.  Opener then passes 1NX with 3-3-3-4 (with 4C).

XX=Clubs and another suit*

*Partner may escape from 1NXX to a long suit or to 2C, possibly intending to later escape from 2CX (via XX=D&S, 2D=D&H, 2H=H&S).

1NT-(X)-P-(P)-?  {Bid any long suit immediately.}

2C=Either long C or intending to escape from 2CX (via XX=D&S, 2D=D&H, 2H=H&S) .

XX=Clubs and another suit or 4333 without 4C*

*Partner may escape from 1NXX to a long suit or to 2C**, possibly intending to later escape from 2CX (via XX=D&S, 2D=D&H, 2H=H&S).

**If Partner is doubled in 2C, Opener passes with C and another, otherwise escapes to 2D (3-3-4-3) or XX (4-3-3-3 or 3-4-3-3).  Responder then sets the final contract (possibly bidding 2D, then redoubling for Opener to name his major.)

1NT-(P)-P-(X)-?  is similar.  {Bid any long suit immediately.}

P=Denies C & another suit.  Responder then passes 1NX with 3-3-3-4 (with 4C).

XX=Clubs and another suit

NOTE:  After 1NT-(X)-?  Responder passes with two suits, neither of which is clubs.  Opener will then only pass 1NTX when there is no 4-4 fit.