LESSON 13.1: REVERSES

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a) A reverse by opener consists in declaring at the two level (without jumping) a new suit ranking higher than the opening suit, forcing responder to the three level to support opener's original suit

b) A reverse always shows an opening suit at least one card longer than the second higher-ranking suit, usually 5-4, 6-5 or 6-4

c) A reverse shows a strong 17+ HCP opening hand. Opener may reverse with only 16 HCP when his points concentrated in his two longer suits

d) A reverse is forcing for one round over a one-level response and to game over a two-level response

e)

Dealer: South

South

5 3
A Q 9 5
A K J 8 5
A 6

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

1
 

Pass
 

2 (17+ HCP   5+   4+ ) 1 round

A reverse is forcing for one round over a one-level response

f)

Dealer: South

North

K 9 6
K 9
A J 10 5 3
10 8 5

South

West

North

East

1
2

Pass
Pass

2
?

Pass
 

3 or 3 (10+ HCP   2+   4/5+ ) game

A reverse is forcing to game over a two-level response; responder may rebid his own suit, declare in notrump with a stopper in the unbid suit or support one of opener's suits

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