Bridge Corner – Lesson 3 (Responding to 1NT with balanced hand)

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 Lesson 3: – Responding to 1NT (balanced hand – 12-14pts)

Responses: –

  1. Conventional (for information only)

We are not using this bidding system.

  • 0-5pts and a 5 card suit bid at the 2 level – weak take out
  • 6-10pts and a balanced hand – PASS
  • 6-11pts and a 5 card major bid at the 2 level
  • 12+pts and 6 or more cards bid 3C/D (if possible be in 3NT – often easier to make)
  • 12+pts and a 5 card major bid 3H or 3S
  • 11-12pts and balanced bid 2NT
  • 13pts+ and balanced bid 3NT
  1. Non-conventional

(Remember we are all U3A UPPER BANN)

THIS IS OUR BIDDING SYSTEM

  • 0-10pts and a balanced hand pass
  • 11pts and a balanced hand (no 4 card major) – bid 2 spades
  • 12pts and a balanced hand (no 4 card major) – bid 2NT
  • 13+pts and a balanced hand (no 4 card major) – bid 3NT
  • Bid 2 Clubs with 11+pts. and at least one 4 card Major in your hand – Staymen. Responses from NT opener – 2Ds – no 4 card major, 2Hs – 4 card H suit, 2Ss – 4 card S suit (if both Majors bid in an ascending order), Responder will then bid either 2NT or 3NT (if the responder goes back to NT then the opener can expect his partner to have 4 cards in the other Major and may choose to bid that suit) or support the Major by bidding a 3 or 4 contract
  • Transfers (aim is to keep the NT hand hidden and thus more protected from leads etc.) – Bid 2Ds with 0+pts and a 5 or more card Heart suit – response from opener – 2Hs. Responder will bid on if pts. are available (2NT – 11/12pts, 3NT – 13+pts thus allowing the opener to choose best contract or 3Hs or 4Hs showing a 6 card major and appropriate points) ; Bid 2Hs with 0+pts and a 5 or more card Spade suit – response from opener – 2Ss Responder will bid on if pts. are available (2NT – 11/12pts, 3NT – 13+pts thus allowing the opener to choose best contract or 3Ss or 4Ss showing a 6 card major and appropriate points)
  • With a weak hand and 6 or more Clubs bid 2Cs and after openers response bid 3Cs and opener passes
  • With a weak hand and 6 or more diamonds bid 2Ds and after openers bid 2Hs bid 3Ds and opener passes
  • Or you can also Transfer both Minors (only with a 6 card minor suit and a weak hand). Responder bids 2Ss (2Ss no longer means 11pts and balanced – 2NT from responder will now mean 11/12pts) and opener responds 3Cs; responder bids 3Cs and opener bids 3Ds.

What is the Responder’s bid to a 1NT Opening Bid?

    Responder’s Hand Bid Why?
1. Jxxx xx Kxxx Qxx
2. Qxx Axxx Kxx Qxx
3. Qxxxx xxx xx Jxx
4. KJx Jx AKxxx Qxx
5. Qxx Axx KJx Qxxx
6. Kx AJxxx Qxx QJx
7. Qx xxx xx Kxxxxx
8. KQx Qxx Jxxx Kxx
9. x Jxx AJxxxx xxx
10. QJxx Jxxx Kx Kxx