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Lorenzo Lauria’s version of Gazzilli

Rome (Italy), March 14th, 2011 is proud to announce that tomorrow – March 15th, 2011 – it will publish Topic # 07: Gazzilli à la Lauria as part of its Topics Collection. Lorenzo Lauria, a multiple world champion from Italy, shows in this Topic his version of this sophisticated convention which he playes with his Roman partners Alfredo Versace and Valerio Giubilo. The latter and Gianluca Gentili were of great help to produce this very special Topic.

The key bid of Gazzilli is the 2♣ rebid by opener in three different situations: 1♥-1♠-2♣, 1H-1NT-2♣ and 1♠-1NT-2♣. Lauria: Gazzilli is very useful to explore 3NT, especially in situations were the pointcount between opener and responder is divided 15 - 10, 16 - 9 and 17 - 8 HCP.
The Topic starts with a small audio interview between Lorenzo Lauria and Laura Camponeschi (’s correspondent for Italy). Here you can subscribe to the Topics Collection (including Gazzilli à la Lauria). In anticipation here below you will find some questions on the system played by Giubilo-Lauria-Versace as asked by Camponeschi to Valerio Giubilo.

Valerio: How do you explain the basic features of the system played by Giubilo-Lauria-Versace?
It is a substantial yet simple system. We play five-card major, four-card diamond, preparatory club (2+ cards), game forcing 2♣, strong balanced 2♦. The last one is perhaps a little particular, but today it belongs to many systems; its advantage is that, when the opening is not 2♦, the strong balanced hand is ruled out. That is: when you open 1♣ or 1♦ and later you show a strong hand, you had an unbalanced hand.

Well, so your 2♦ opening is not Multi-coloured. What do you think of this convention?
I never did play the 2♦ multi-coloured, and I will never do so. I respect, of course, everybody who does play it, but I don’t think this convention is effective. A weak-two opening, I think, needs to tell partner immediately what suit you have. It is more important that the partner knows your suit than that the opponents don’t know the suit. is going to publish Gazzilli à la Lauria, a rather complex but extremely efficient convention. Still I have another question. After 1♥-1♠/1NT, or after 1♠-1NT, opener’s 2♣ is a relay that allows the responder to ask about shape and strength, or to sign-off. So the responder too has to explain his hand, then building a fine structure, but with some risk of getting too high. For example:

2♣-2NT (4-7 HCP; 0-1 heart, 4 spades, at least 3 clubs)
3♣ (Sign off)

Here the overall strength is 15-24 and the trumps can be 4-3. When the opponents re-open by a double (that is almost always, at least in MP tourneys), they will find their diamond fit, or let you play in your poor and probably bad-broken club fit. Do I miss something here?
You’re highlighting the flaws of the convention [laughing], but I shall explain to you the advantages of it. The hands in which there is low precision or where a level too high is reached, the risks of being punished are much less than with the ones where the system allows, by these sequences, to reach games otherwise difficult to bid or even better: to reach the best game. The hands for which this convention brings advantages are statistically much higher than those where you are in trouble. The gain, then, lies in the precision of the bidding when the responder is not weak and the opener is strong. This allows to bid the best game, and this is enough to justify the price that might be paid in the situation that you described. Furthermore, the players that do not employ Gazzilli are often in the same uncomfortable position.

Here an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Topic 07: Gazzilli à la Lauria: excerpt-ch-1.pdf


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