LESSON 4.5: RESPONSES TO ONE OF A MAJOR WITHOUT TRUMP SUPPORT

a)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

1NT (6-9 HCP) limiting

Consider only your highcard points with a weak distributional hand and no support for partner's suit

see Forcing 1NT convention

b)

Dealer: South

North

K 9 8
10 4
7 3
K Q 10 8 6 2

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

1NT or 2 then 3 (6-9 HCP) limiting

A 1NT limited response does not necessarily show a balanced hand; with the specific holding shown above, a 2 response followed immediately with a 3 rebid is acceptable; the bidding sequence shows a minimum responding hand with a good six-card suit and is not forcing

see Forcing 1NT convention

c)

Dealer: South

North

Q J 8 6 5
10
Q 7 3
K J 8 6

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

1 (6+ HCP   4/5+ ) 1 round

A response of 1 to a 1 opening tends to show five spades and limited support for hearts; the response is forcing for one round because responder has not limited his hand

d)

Dealer: South

North

10
A J 8 6 3
A 7 4
K J 8 6

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

2 (10+ HCP   5+ ) 1 round

A response of 2 to a 1 opening requires a five-card or more suit; 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 suit at the minimum level to show a six-card or more suit and a minimum responding hand without support for opener's suits

e)

Dealer: South

North

A J 8
10
A 7 4 3
K Q J 8 6

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

?

 

2 (10+ HCP   4+ ) 1 round

A two-level response in a minor shows a four-card or more suit; 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

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