LESSON 11.2: SLAM BIDDING BETWEEN TWO BALANCED HANDS

a)

Dealer: South

North

J 10 7
A Q J
A J 5
K Q 10 7

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

jump to 6NT (18-19 HCP   balanced hand) limiting

Jump directly to 6NT with two balanced hands and a combined total of 33-36 HCP

b)

Dealer: South

North

J 7
A K Q J 10
A J 5
Q 10 7

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

jump to 5NT (17+ HCP   balanced hand) slam

A jump response to 5NT shows a 33-36 HCP total (or 31-33 HCP and a solid five-card suit); the response is forcing to slam and requests partner to describe his hand

c)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1NT
?

Pass
 

5NT
 

Pass
 

6 (17+ HCP   4+ ) 1 round

North's 5NT response requests opener to declare his lower-ranking four-card suit

d)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

4NT (16-17 HCP   balanced hand) limiting

A 4NT response invites to slam when made directly over a 1NT opening; the sequence requests opener to pass with a minimum or to declare his lower-ranking four-card suit

e)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1NT
?

Pass
 

4NT
 

Pass
 

Pass (15-16 HCP   balanced hand) closing

With a minimum 15 HCP hand, opener refuses responder's invitation to slam

f)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1NT
?

Pass
 

4NT
 

Pass
 

5 (16-17 HCP   4+   3- ) 1 round

With a maximum 16-17 HCP, opener accepts responder's invitation to slam and shows his lower-ranking four-card suit

g)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1NT
5

Pass
Pass

4NT
?

Pass
 

5 (16-17 HCP   4+ ) 1 round

Opener having accepted the invitation to slam, responder also shows his next lower-ranking four-card suit

h)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1NT
5
?

Pass
Pass
 

4NT
5
 

Pass
Pass
 

6 (16-17 HCP   5+   3- ) 1 round

Rebidding a suit shows five or more cards; skipping a suit denies four cards or more; partners may declare 5NT to suggest limited interest for slam

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