LESSON 4.6: RESPONSES TO ONE OF A MAJOR WITH A PASSED HAND

a)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

Pass
?

Pass
 

1
 

Pass
 

1 (6-12 HCP   4/5+ ) inviting

South's 1 bid is not forcing because made by a passed hand limited to a maximum of 12 HCP

b)

Dealer: South

South

K 9 5
10
K J 9 7 6 3
A 10 7

South

West

North

East

Pass
?

Pass
 

1
 

Pass
 

2 (10-12 HCP   5+ ) limiting

A two-level response made by a passed hand tends to show a solid six-card suit without support for opener's suit; the bidding sequence is not forcing but invites to another round of bidding

c)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

Pass
?

Pass
 

1
 

Pass
 

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

A 2NT response made by a passed hand shows a balanced 10-12 HCP hand with a two-card support for opener's suit; the sequence is not forcing but invites to game

d)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

Pass
?

Pass
 

1
 

Pass
 

jump to 3 (10-12 TP   4+ ) limiting

A double raise of opener's suit is not forcing but invites to game

see Drury convention

e)

Dealer: South

South

A K Q 10 5 2
10
Q 9 7 4
10 7

South

West

North

East

Pass
?

Pass
 

1
 

Pass
 

jump to 2 (10-12 HCP   5/6+ ) 1 round

A jump in a new suit made by a passed hand is the only forcing response to a third-seat opening (except for a cuebid in the opponent's suit when available)

see Lesson 5. Jump shift responses



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