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Supporting partners suit

Limit raise

As we know the opening bid may cover 12-19 points we only need 6 points for a potential game if it is at the top of this range.

With 6 point you must respond.
With 0 to 5 you must pass


Can you support partners suit

In order to support partner we are looking for an '8 card fit' that is adding your cards to your partners. Opener promises 4 cards in his suit so responder needs 4 cards to support.

Declarer
Responder
♥ K Q J 3
10 9 8 7

This leaves only 5 cards for the opposition. A 6 5 4 2

Set the Limit

Your bid as direct support can tell your partner not only that you can support but at what level your points allow.

When you can indicate the level we call this a 'Limit Bid', effectively allowing partner to calculate the total points in the two hands.

Points Raise Bidding
6-9 single 1H - 2H
10-12 double (inviting) 1H - 3H
13-15 Triple ( guaranteed game) 1H - 4H

Examples

Openers Bid: 1 Heart

-
1
-
2
-
3
-
4
♠ Spades
A 5
A 5
A 5
A K 10 3 2
♥ Hearts
K J 6 3
A K J 6
8 7 6 5
A Q 5 3
♦ Diamonds
Q 5 2
Q 5 2
Q 5 2
J 4 2
♣ Clubs
9 6 4 2
9 6 4 2
9 6 4 2
9 8
 
High card points
10
14
6
14
Responders bid
3 Hearts
4 Hearts
2 Hearts
4 Hearts

Hands 1-3 are straightforward as there is no other suit which offers any interest.

Hand 4 requires some comment. Though the spade suit looks interesting you do not know what your partner has in there. What you do know is you have an 8 card fit in hearts so a game is on. Bid it straight away 4 Hearts.


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