SUMMARY 6. NOTRUMP OPENINGS

a) Requirements

 - Balanced hand: 4-3-3-3 or 5-3-3-2 or 4-4-3-2

 - Open 1NT with 15-17 HCP

 - Open 2NT with 20-21 HCP

 - Open 3NT with 25-27 HCP

 - Open in one of a minor with a 18-19 HCP balanced hand, then bid 2NT

 - Open two clubs with a 20-21 HCP balanced hand, then bid 2NT

b) Responding to 1NT with a balanced 8+ HCP hand

 - Make a limited single or jump bid

c) Responses to 1NT with an unbalanced hand and a 5+ card suit

 - Declare your suit with or without a jump depending on your total point-count

 - See the Stayman convention when holding a four-card or more major

 - See the Gerber convention to inquire for aces

 - See the Jacoby transfers convention when holding a five-card or more major

d) Responses to a 1NT opening

Responses

Points

Distribution

Meaning

2

8+ HCP

4+ cards in ou 4+

Stayman convention

2

0-8 TP

6+ cards in

preemptive

2

0-8 TP

6+ cards in

preemptive

2

0-8 TP

6+ cards in

preemptive

2NT

8-9 HCP

balanced hand

invit. to game

3

15+ TP

5/6+ cards in

game forcing

3

15+ TP

5/6+ cards in

game forcing

3

15+ TP

5/6+ cards in

game forcing

3

15+ TP

5/6+ cards in

game forcing

3NT

10-15 HCP

balanced hand

limited hand

4

 

unspecified

Gerber convention

4

9-14 TP

6+ cards in

game forcing

4

9-14 TP

6+ cards in

game forcing

4

9-14 TP

6+ cards in

game forcing

4NT

16-17 HCP

balanced hand

invit. to game

5NT

20-21 HCP

balanced hand

invit. to game

6NT

18-19 HCP

balanced hand

limited hand

7NT

22+ HCP

balanced hand

limited hand