LESSON 4.4: RESPONDING TO ONE OF A MAJOR WITH A BALANCED HAND

a)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

1NT (6-9 HCP) limiting

With a balanced hand, do not consider your distributional points

b)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

1NT (6-9 HC P) limiting

A limited 1NT response does not always show a balanced hand and tends to deny a regular support for opener's suit

see Forcing 1NT convention

c)

Dealer: South

North

A 8
A 10 8
A J 7 3
J 9 7 2

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

jump to 2NT (13-15 HCP   2= balanced hand) 1-round

Over a major opening, a direct jump to 2NT requires a balanced 13-15 HCP hand; responder promises a two-card support for opener's suit; a jump to 2NT over one of a minor requires only 10-12 HCP

see 4.7 Jacoby 2NT convention

d)

Dealer: South

North

A
Q 10 8 3
A 8 7 5
Q 9 6 2

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

2 then notrump (10+ HCP   4+ ) game

With a 10-12 HCP balanced hand (except in partner's suit), first declare a new four-card suit at the two level and then bid notrump at your next turn; the bidding sequence does not require a two-card support for opener's suit

e)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

double jump to 3NT (16-18 HCP    2+ balanced hand) slam

A direct double jump to 3NT requires a balanced 16-18 HCP hand; responder promises a two-card support for opener's suit



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