LESSON 6.3: REBIDS BY OPENER WITH A MINIMUM HAND
AFTER A RESPONSE IN A NEW SUIT

a)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

1
 

Pass
 

1NT (13-17 HCP   balanced hand) limiting

1NT shows a balanced hand except in partner's suit

b)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

2
 

Pass
 

2NT (13-15 HCP   balanced hand) limiting

After partner's forcing response at the two level, 2NT shows a balanced minimum opening hand

c)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

1
 

Pass
 

1 (13-18 HCP   3+   4+   3- ) inviting

Responder will bid one more round holding 8+ HCP

d)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

2
 

Pass
 

2 (13-15 HCP   5+   4+ ) 1 round

Opener describes and limits his hand by showing a new four-card suit over partner's forcing response

e)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

2
 

Pass
 

2 (13-15 HCP   6+ ) limiting

Opener describes and limits his hand by rebidding his original suit; the sequence usually shows a six-card suit but may be used with a five-card suit when no other adequate bid is available

f)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

1
 

Pass
 

2 (13-15 TP   3+   4+ ) limiting

Raise partner's major with a minimum 13-15 HCP opening; the sequence requires a four-trump or longer support

g)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

1
 

Pass
 

1NT or 2 (13-15 HCP   balanced hand) limiting

With a minimum balanced 4-3-3-3 and stoppers in the unbid suits, it is reasonable to bid 1NT instead of supporting partner's major, especially with a weak trump support

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