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Developing the auction

After a limit bid from responder in either direct suit support or by a NT bid then as opener you are able to see the full potential of your own hand.

  • With less than 25 points top range, no game is possible so PASS
  • You may have nearly enough and need to ask partner if the are top or bottom of the range.
  • With 25 points you expect to make game. Don't make partner guess bid immediately

We can describe our hand in smaller point ranges which govern our actions for the second bid.

Points Type
12-15 Minimum opener
16-18 Nice hand (inviting)
19 Only need partner to answer
(guaranteed game)


Examples

Openers Bid: 1 Heart - responder 2 Hearts (6-9 points)

-
1
-
2
-
3
♠ Spades
A 5
A 5
A 5
♥ Hearts
A K Q 6
A K Q 6
A K Q 6
♦ Diamonds
Q 5 2
Q 5 2
Q 5 2
♣ Clubs
9 6 4 2
Q 9 6 4
A 9 6 4
 
High card points
15
17
19
Min available
21
23
25
Max available
24
26
28
Responders bid
Pass
Not enough
3 Hearts
Invitational

4 Hearts
Game

With the same hands and

Openers Bid: 1 Heart - responder 1NT (6-9 points)

-
1
-
2
-
3
♠ Spades
A 5
A 5
A 5
♥ Hearts
A K Q 6
A K Q 6
A K Q 6
♦ Diamonds
Q 5 2
Q 5 2
Q 5 2
♣ Clubs
9 6 4 2
Q 9 6 4
A 9 6 4
 
High card points
15
17
19
Min available
21
23
25
Max available
24
26
28
Responders bid
Pass
Not enough
2 NT
Invitational

3 NT
Game

Where you have a long suit of 6 cards and a hand which is unsuitable for NT you need to re bid that suit

-
1
-
2
-
3
♠ Spades
A 5
K 9 8
K 9 8
♥ Hearts
A K Q 8 7 6
Q J 8 5 3 2
Q J 8 5 3 2
♦ Diamonds
A Q 5
A Q 5
A Q 5
♣ Clubs
6 4
9
A
 
High card points
19
12
16
Min available
25
18
22
Max available
28
21
25
Responders bid
4 Hearts
Game
2 Hearts
safest contract
3 Hearts
invitational and descriptive

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