SOHL - RESPONSES
"Sohl" has nothing to do with S.O.H.L. Sohl is decent family of bridge conventions, while S.O.H.L. is an acronym for "Slap Ouwe Hoeren in het Luchtledige" (a well known dutch saying, meaning: Amusing Twaddling into Outer Space, transl: "to Slack-Old-Whore into Vacuum").Sohl is the Soul of MAF
It is a conventional response to all 1-level opening bids and to some higher level opening bids as well.
In bridge bidding however, one could claim:
The word "sohl" has been derived from the well known conventions: Lebensohl, Rubensohl, YAS = "Yet Another Sohl" etc.
Many times Sohl has been a matter of question on this website. You may use the next buttons to have a look around to see the various applications. Everywhere you will be enabled to return here.
There are three special Sohls, which have names of their own. The first two are mention in the above row under different names.
All these conventions have many of the next properties in common:
All Sohl-bids in MAF do have those properties. This explains the origin of the name "SOHL" in MAF.
- They are multi.
- They are forcing.
- The cheapest response to an opening bid is always a Sohl response.
- They are applied by the responder as a first response to the opening bid.
- They put well defined restrictions to the possible meanings of the second response. As a matter of fact there is a limited number of types of hands.
- Sohl asks the opener to describe his opening bid more accurately, the possible rebids having predefined meanings.
- They all serve the purpose of quickly finding the right suit.
- They also allow for NT-contracts.
- They all create a by pass. Many bids beyond the cheap Sohl-response may be bid directly, but also in the next round through making a Sohl bid first. So many bids can be given two distinctive meanings.
When the opponent player between opener and responder overcalls, sohl has become impossible. MAF would not be MAF if no counter measures were taken against manoeuvers like that one. Unfortunately I did not succeed in finding the ideal solution for any situation.
If you compare the "multi-way forcing Sohl" convention with the Stayman, Jacoby and Lebensohl conventions, you see something strange:
The Sohl-responses have 3 properties:
Summarizing one can claim:
- It looks like Stayman, because it also is the cheapest response and because it also asks for a specific description of the opener's hand.
- It looks like Jacoby because it asks the opener to keep open the bidding in order to describe the responder's hand.
- It also looks like Lebensohl, because it is a bye-pass to a next call, which also could have been done directly.
The Sohl-response, which is a Jacoby-like response == "intelligent transfer",
asks for a Sohl-rebid, which is a Stayman-like rebid == "intelligent relay".
As an illustration you could look e.g. to the descriptions of particular applications of this sohl-principle by returning to the top of this chapter.
In the next diagrams the nature of all Sohl agreements after the "one in a suit" - opening bids have been collected in an attempt to create an Sohl-overview.
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