LESSON 8.3: RESPONSES TO NOTRUMP OPENINGS WITH A BALANCED HANDS

a)

Dealer: South

North

Q 9 7
K 8 3
K 10 6 3
J 8 5

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

2NT (8-9 HCP   balanced hand) limiting

Raise directly to 2NT with a balanced 8-9 HCP hand lacking a four-card major

b)

Dealer: South

North

A 9 7
K 8 3
K 10 6 3
J 8 5

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

jump to 3NT (10-15 HCP   balanced hand) limiting

Raise directly to 3NT with a balanced 10-15 HCP hand lacking a four-card major

c)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

double jump to 4NT (16-17 HCP    balanced hand) inviting

Raise directly to 4NT with a balanced 16-17 HCP hand; the sequence invites opener to 6NT with a maximum 16-17 HCP opening

d)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

6NT (18-19 HCP   balanced hand) closing

Raise directly to 6NT with a balanced 18-19 HCP hand

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