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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
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:
Axx-2 losers (or 1.5)