SUMMARY 3. MAJOR OPENING

a) Requirements

 - 13 to 21 TP (highcard points + long-suit points)

 - a five-card or more major

b) Responses with a 3+ trump support

 - Add your short-suit points to your highcard points

 - Raise partner's suit according to your total point-count

 - See chart below for responses

c) Responses with 6-9 HCP without a 3+ trump support

 - Declare a new four-card or more suit at the one level (forcing for one round) or

 - Bid one notrump (any distribution; take-all response)

d) Responses with 10+ HCP without a 3+ trump support

 - Declare a new four to five-card or more suit at the two level (forcing for one round)

 - Bid 2NT or 3NT with a balanced hand and a two-card support for partner's suit

f) Responses to a ONE HEART opening bid

Responses

Points

Distribution

Meaning

1

6+ HCP

4+ cards in

1 round

1NT

6-9 HCP

unspecified

limited hand

2

10+ HCP

4/5+ cards in

1 round

2

10+ HCP

4/5+ cards in

1 round

2

6-9 TP

3+ trumps

limited hand

2

19+ HCP

5/6+ cards in

invit. to slam

2NT

13-15 HCP

balanced with 2 trumps

game forcing

3

19+ HCP

5/6+ cards in

invit. to slam

3

19+ HCP

5/6+ cards in

invit. to slam

3

10-12 TP

3/4+ trumps

limited hand

3

0-5 HCP

6/7+ cards in

preemptive

3NT

16-18 HCP

balanced with 2 trumps

limited hand

4

0-5 HCP

6/7+ cards in

preemptive

4

0-5 HCP

6/7+ cards in

preemptive

4

0-8 TP

4/5+ trumps

preemptive