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Bridge can be as bad as NASA for confusing acronyms and lingo! Welcome to the Jargon Jungle - a glossary of bridge terms designed to help you hack your way through to a better understanding of the game of bridge. Just click on the first letter of the word you wish to find!  Each letter of the alphabet reloads the page.

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z

Landy: A convention used over opponents 1NT bid. 2C shows both majors, everything else is natural.

Lebensohl: A convention for dealing with interference after your side has opened 1NT. It is a way of differentiating between weak, invitational and forcing hands. All new suits bid are invitational (show values but not enough to go to game). 2NT is either weak or game forcing: if partner bids 2NT, opener must bid 3C; if 2NT bidder now passes or bids new suit that is weak and must be passed; if partner now Q-bids or bids 3NT he has a game forcing hand. There are many variations.

Limit(ed) bid: Any bid that shows a relatively narrow range of strength.

Limit raise: A response to an opening bid, usually a raise of the suit to the 3-level, which show slightly less than the strength for game opposite a minimum opening bid. Invites partner to bid game with more than a minimum opener (or overcall).

LTC (Losing Trick Count): A method for estimating the number of tricks which your hand will lose, assuming that you have trump control. The count is the number of small cards which would need to be replaced by aces, kings, or queens to allow your hand to win the first three tricks in all four suits. (Many versions count an extra half-loser for a queen, and deduct a half-loser for an ace.) Thus:
AKQ-0 losers
void-0 losers
Axx-2 losers (or 1.5)
K-1 loser
xxx-3 losers
xxxxx-3 losers
 

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