LESSON 8.5: RESPONSES TO 1NT WITH A DISTRIBUTIONAL HAND

a)

Dealer: South

North

5 4
J 10 9 7 5 2
J 9
K 7 3

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

2 (0-8 TP   6+ ) closing

2, 2 and 2 bids show weak hands with a six-card or longer suit

see 8.6 Jacoby transfers convention
see Texas convention

b)

Dealer: South

North

5 4
K 7 3
J 9
Q 10 9 7 5 2

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

2 then 3 (0-8 TP   6+ ) closing

With a weak 0-7 TP holding and a six-card or longer club suit, responder first uses the 2 Stayman convention followed with a 3 bid over any rebid by opener; the sequence shows a weak club suit and denies a four-card major

c)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

double jump to 4 (9-14 TP   6+ ) closing

With 9-14 TP and a six-card or longer suit, responder closes the auction by jumping directly to game

see 8.6 Jacoby transfers convention
see Texas convention

d)

Dealer: South

North

4
A K Q 10 9
Q 9 5
K 7 3

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

jump to 3 (15+ TP   5+ ) slam

With 15+ TP and a five-card or more major suit, responder invites to slam by jumping to the three level

see 8.6 Jacoby transfers convention
see 11.3 Gerber convention

e)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1NT
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

3NT (15-16 HCP   balanced hand) closing

With a minimum 15-16 HCP and a limited two-card support for responder's suit, opener closes the auction

see Texas convention

f)

Dealer: South

South

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

South

West

North

East

1NT
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

4 (15-16 TP   balanced hand) closing

With a minimum 15-16 TP, opener closes the auction by raising to game in partner's major

g)

Dealer: South

South

A 10 9 7
K Q 9
A J
K 9 7 5

South

West

North

East

1NT
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

4 (16-17 TP   ace of ) slam

With a maximum opening hand and good trump support, opener accepts responder's slam invitation by declaring first-round controls in ascending order; a first cuebid in diamonds denies holding a first-round control in clubs

see Lesson 13. Reverses and cuebids

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