LESSON 3.4: SUIT TO OPEN

a)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

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Bid: 1 (13-21 HCP and 5+ ) inviting
Usually open your longer rather than your stronger major suit


b)

Dealer: South

South

Q J 6 2
A Q 9 7
A 6
J 8 3

South

West

North

East

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Bid: 1 (13-21 HCP and 3+ ) inviting
Lacking a five-card major, open your longer minor suit or your stronger minor when of equal length


c)

Dealer: South

South

Q J 6
A K Q J
J 6 3
9 7 3

South

West

North

East

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Bid by South: 1 (13-21 HCP and 5+ ) inviting

With a balanced hand, it is acceptable to open a very solid four-card major suit; remember that if you open a four-card major, partner will assume a five-card suit and may raise with a three-card trump support


d)

Dealer: South

South

A K J 10
9 8 6 5 2
K 9
Q 7

South

West

North

East

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Bid by South: 1 (13-21 HCP and 5+ ) inviting

Open any five-card major, no matter its strength


e)

Dealer: South

South

10 8 6 5 2
A K J 10 9
K Q
3

South

West

North

East

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Bid by South: 1 (13-21 HCP and 5+ ) inviting

With a minimum or intermediate hand, open the higher-ranking of two five-card majors; you can later limit the value of your hand by declaring your second suit at the minimum level


f)

Dealer: South

South

A K Q 9
9 7 5
J 8 6 5
A 8

South

West

North

East

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Bid by South: 1 (13-21 HCP and 3+ ) inviting

Open the lower-ranking of two four-card suits


g)

Dealer: South

South

K 9 7
Q 7 5
K 8 6 5
A 8 2

South

West

North

East

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Bid by South: Pass (0-12 HCP)

In first or second seat, avoid opening a twelve or less highcard point hand, especially when your points are spread among three to four suits and lacking a good five-card suit


h)

Dealer: South

South

9 7 5
A K Q 9
J 8 6 5
A 8

South

West

North

East

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Bid by South: 1 (ou 1)
(13-21 HCP and 4+ or 5+ ) inviting

Open the lower ranking of two four-card suits except when the suits are touching and the higher-ranking suit is solid; remember that if you open a four-card major, partner will assume a five-card suit and may raise with a three-card trump support


i)

Dealer: South

South

A 8 6 5
7
K 10 9 5
A Q 10 9

South

West

North

East

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Bid by South: 1 (ou 1) (13-21 HCP and 3+ or 3+ ) inviting

With a minimum or intermediate 4-4-4-1 distributional hand, open the suit below the singleton (open spades when the singleton is in clubs); the bidding sequence will allow the declaration of another suit at the minimum level if partner responds in your short suit


j)

Dealer: South

North

A Q 9 7 5
J 7 6
A 5
10 8 2

South

West

North

East

 

 

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Bid by North: 1 (13-21 HCP and 5+ ) inviting

In third seat, opening requirements are reduced, especially when holding a five-card spade suit



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