LESSON 4.2: RESPONSES TO ONE OF A MINOR

a)

Dealer: South

North

A 8 6 5 2
10
Q 10 9 5 4
Q J

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

1 (6+ HCP    4+ ) 1 round

Responding to one of a minor, always give a preference to a five-card major over a five-card minor

b)

Dealer: South

North

A 8 6 5 2
Q 10 9 5 4
10
Q J

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

1 (6+ HCP    4+ ) 1 round

With a minimum or intermediate hand, first declare the higher-ranking of two five-card majors; this will allow the declaration of your second major without making a reverse

see Lesson 13. Reverses and cuebids

c)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

1 (6+ HCP    4+ ) 1 round

Always declare the lower-ranking of two four-card suits (up-the-line)

d)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

2 (6-9 TP    4/5+    3-    3- ) limiting

Without a four-card or more major, consider supporting your partner's minor; a direct single raise denies a four-card major and shows 6-9 TP with a five-card or more support (a four-trump support is acceptable in diamonds when no other bid is available)

e)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

jump to 3 (10-12 TP     5/6+    3-     3- ) limiting

A raise to three of a minor shows five or more trumps with 10-12 TP and denies a four-card major

f)

Dealer: South

North

A 8 4
10 7 4 2
Q 10 7
Q J 10

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

1 or 1NT (6-9 HCP     4+ ) limiting

With a balanced minimum responding hand, you may respond 1NT even when holding a weak four-card major (the response does not require stoppers in the unbid suits)

g)

Dealer: South

North

A 8
10 7 4
Q 10 7
A J 10 5 3

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

2 then NT at your next turn (10-12 HCP    4+    3-    3- ) limiting

With a four-card or more minor and 10-12 HCP, first declare your minor at the two level and then bid 2NT or 3NT depending on your partner's next bid; a first response at the two level requests partner to describe his hand and promises another bid; the bidding sequence is forcing for one round and invites to game; responder rebids his minor suit at the minimum level to show a six-card or more suit and a minimum responding hand without support for opener's suits

h)

Dealer: South

North

A 8 3
K 7 4
J 7 5
A 10 9 5

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

jump to 2NT (10-12 HCP     2+ balanced hand) limiting

With a balanced 10-12 HCP hand, jump to 2NT, showing at least a two-card support for partner's minor; the bidding sequence denies holding a four-card major (in which case responder would first bid his four-card major and then jump to 2NT at his next turn)

i)

Dealer: South

North

A 8 3
K 10 4
Q 10 7
A J 10 5

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

jump to 3NT (13-15 HCP     2+   balanced hand) game

With a balanced 13-15 HCP hand, jump to 3NT, showing at least a two-card support for partner's minor; the bidding sequence denies holding a four-card major (in which case responder would first bid his four-card major and then jump to 2NT at his next turn)

j)

Dealer: South

North

A 8
A K J 10 7 4
K 10 7
J 5

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

jump to 2 (19+ HCP     5/6+ ) slam

Jump respond in a new suit when holding a very strong hand with a solid five to six-card suit; the sequence is forcing to game and inviting to slam

see Lesson 5. Jump shift responses

k)

Dealer: South

North

A 8
4
A Q 10 7 6 4
A 10 9 5

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

double jump to 4 (13+ TP     6+ 3- 3- ) slam

With very solid trumps and a strong distributional hand without a four-card major, jump to four of opener's minor, forcing to game and inviting to slam

l)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

triple jump to 5 (0-9 HCP    6+    3-    3- ) closing

With good trump support and a weak distributional hand, jump to game in opener's minor, this preemptive sequence is especially efficient when the opponents enter the auction

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