In contract bridge, Gardener or comic notrump is an overcall of 1NT denoting either a 16-18 balanced hand (as natural), or a weak hand with a long suit (6 card). It is named after British player Nico Gardener. The partner, if interested in game, checks the "seriousness" of the overcall by bidding 2♣, and the overcaller responds 2NT with real notrump overcall, and corrects to a suit (or passes with clubs) if weak.
It dates back to the times when jump overcalls denoted intermediate or strong hands with a single suit. The convention presents a psychic bid with control, thus it can be subject to restrictions for use on certain levels of competition.
- Francis, Henry G., Editor-in-Chief; Truscott, Alan F., Executive Editor; Francis, Dorthy A., Editor, Sixth Edition (2001). The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (6th ed.). Memphis, TN: American Contract Bridge League. p. 171. ISBN 0-943855-44-6. OCLC 49606900.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
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