LESSON 10.4: RESPONSES TO A WEAK OPENING AT THE THREE LEVEL OR MORE

a)

Dealer: South

North

J 10 8 6 5
K J
6
A J 7 3 2

South

West

North

East

3

Pass

?

 

4 (10-15 TP   2+ ) closing

Raise to game with 10-15 TP and a two-card or more support

b)

Dealer: South

North

10 8 6
J 9 4 2
9 2
10 8 7 3

South

West

North

East

3

Pass

?

 

4 or 5

With a worthless offensive hand, responder may reinforce the preempt at the four or five level

c)

Dealer: South

North

A K 10 8 6 5
2
Q 6
A K 10 7

South

West

North

East

3

Pass

?

 

3 (16+ HCP   5/6 ) game

Any new suit by responder denies support for opener's suit and shows a strong 16+ HCP with a solid five to six-card suit; the bid is forcing to game

d)

Dealer: South

North

A Q 10 8
7 2
K J 6
A J 10 7

South

West

North

East

3

Pass

?

 

3NT (13-15 HCP   balanced hand) closing

A 3NT response shows a balanced 13-15 HCP hand, stoppers in the unbid suits and at least a two-card support

e)

Dealer: South

North

Q J 2
A K 10 8 6
9 6
A K 10

South

West

North

East

3

Pass

?

 

3 (16+ HCP   5/6 ) game

A new suit at the three level shows a solid five to six-card suit; the response is forcing to game; opener rebids 3NT when holding a solid opening suit; he may also raise to game in partner's suit with a two-card or more support or show a stopper in a new suit at the three level

f)

Dealer: South

North

Q J 2
A K J 10 8 6
J
A K 10

South

West

North

East

3

Pass

?

 

saut 4 (16+ HCP   6/7+ ) closing

Responder closes the auction by jumping to game in a new suit holding 16+ HCP and a solid six-card or more suit

g)

Dealer: South

North

J 2
A Q 10 8
J 7
A Q 10 7 5

South

West

North

East

3

Pass

?

 

4 (13-15 TP   2/3 ) inviting

Responder invites to game holding a 13-15 TP hand with trump support

h)

Dealer: South

North

2
A 10 8
J 9 7
A K Q 10 7 5

South

West

North

East

3

Pass

?

 

jump to 5 (16-18 TP   3/4 ) closing

Responder jumps to game holding a 16-18 TP hand with good trumps and limited offensive values

i)

Dealer: South

North

J 6 2
A K Q 10 8 6
J
A Q 10

South

West

North

East

4

Pass

?

 

4 (16-18 HCP   6/7+ ) closing

Any response in a major at the game level is a closing bid

j)

Dealer: South

North

2
A 10 8
Q 9 7
A K J 7 5 3

South

West

North

East

4

Pass

?

 

5 (16-18 TP   2/3+ ) slam

Responder invites to slam with a 16-18 TP supportive hand

see 11.4 Blackwood convention

k)

Dealer: South

North


A 10 9
K 9 7 2
A K J 7 5 3

South

West

North

East

4

Pass

?

 

5 (16-19 TP   2+ ) slam

Responder invites to slam with a 16-18 TP supportive hand

see Lesson 11. Raises to five of the agreed major trump

l)

Dealer: South

North


A 10
K Q 9 7 4
A K J 7 5 3

South

West

North

East

4

Pass

?

 

jump to 6 (20+ TP   2+ ) closing

Responder jumps to slam with a 20+ TP supportive hand

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