Hello convention

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Hello is a bridge convention used for intervention over an opponent's 1NT opening. It allows for all one- and two-suited hands to be shown, and - for one suited hands - retains the ability to transfer.


The name of the convention is derived from the names two of its inventors, Jerry Helms and Bill Lohmann. Jerry Helms had previously co-developed the Cappelletti convention and saw this as an improvement to that convention.[1] Helms considered that using 2 to show a major used up no bidding space and therefore lost the preemptive value typically attached to bidding major suits.[2]


It features the following calls:

  • Double is for penalty
  • 2 shows diamonds or a major-minor two suiter. Responder transfers to 2 which is either passed or advanced (diamond suit) or a major is bid (2 suiter, unspecified minor)
  • 2 is a transfer to hearts
  • 2 shows both majors (responder may pass or correct to 2)
  • 2 shows spades (natural bid)
  • 2NT is a transfer to clubs
  • 3 shows both minors (responder may pass or adjust to 3)
  • 3 shows both Majors with massive playing strength (responder takes a preference to 3 or 3, or jumps to 4 or 4 with supporting values)

By design, in many cases, the advancer will become declarer, thus placing the strong 1NT hand on opening lead.


  1. ^ "Hello Convention". Bridgeguys. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Introduction to Helms to Hello". Jerry Helms. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 

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