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Tellico Village Duplicate Bridge Club

Tellico is a member of Knoxville Bridge Association

Players

One No Trump Forcing

(Goes Hand in Hand with 2/1 Game Force)

*In all cases Partner has opened a Major Suit.. 
1 NT Forcing is NOT played over a Minor suit opening

Your first consideration is to divide your hand into 2 categories...

An Invitational hand 5-11................... or ........................An opening hand or more 12+

1. Essentially with non-opening hands (5-11)...you respond with 1NT...

2. With opening pts...divide into those with a fit and those without a fit..

Partner realizes you don't have game values and between the two of you...you settle on the final contract...

(see Major Suit "Bidding Ladder" material for detailed info on bidding Hands with a "fit")

 

CONSTRUCTIVE RAISES...Immediate raise to the 2 level (or the 3 level)

* 1H...2H=3-card support and 8-9 points could be (xxxx and 7 pts)

* 1H...3H=4-card support "Limit Raise" pts

RE-BIDS BY THE OPENER..After a 1NT Forcing sequence...(SA=Standard American Bidding)

1H....1NT...2H     Minimum...6 card suit...SA

1H....1NT...3H Invitational 16-18.  6 card suit......SA

1H....1NT....2S “Reverse"...Ace better than opener...SA

1S....1NT.....2 H=Minimum....4 or 5 Hearts...SA

1H.....1NT...3 of another suit...Jump Shift 19+...SA

1H....1NT....2NT...Strong Bal hand..Opener had planned to Jump..18-19pts

1H....1NT....3NT...Semi-Bal 1NT Opener with 6 card solid suit..16-18-pts

                *Lacking a "SA" bid...Opener's rebid must be their better minor suit...this is a "Temporizing Bid"

Pass is not allowed...so the only loss is the ability to stop in 1NT!

RESP'S REBIDS...These are not set in stone..just ."Standard" rebids...You and your partner may modify somewhat...

   *Note   ("OR" = Opener's  rebid)

1S...1NT...OR...PASS...you are allowed!  May be the best spot to play..

1S...1NT...OR...2D...2H...or 3 C...(Any new suit bid) ="DROP DEAD"...If pard bids again...GET A NEW PARD!

1S...1NT...OR.. 2.S....A non-constructive raise...could be as bad as 5 pts and xx in spades

1S..1NT...OR...3S..A Limit raise with only 3 card support...

1S...1NT...OR...3 of a new suit...(other than 3 C) Good suit and just shy of a 2/1 resp..11-12 HCP

1S...1NT...OR...2NT=I am at the top of my range.... 10-11 and Balanced..xx of your suit...

1S...1NT...OR...Raise of Openers 2nd suit... I am at the top of my  range 10-11 and have xxxx+ of your suit...

Opener needed 19 pts to make a jump shift...so they could be 16..17..18 pts...If responder has 9-11, they really should protect partner with a raise..."just in case"

WHEN THE OPPONENT'S COMPETE....After 1 of anything...(Interference by the opponents)...1NT..becomes a natural bid!

After 1 of anything followed by ...1NT...then interference...openers is relieved of the obligation to bid...therefore in this sequence the opener will never be bidding a 3 card suit...they will be bidding because they have something more to say! All bids retain SA meaning...Double is for penalty...not re-opening...Opponent's may have made a serious Boo-Boo!

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What if opening bid is 1 H and you have this hand?       (S)xxx   (H) x    (D)Axxx    (C)Qxxxx   ???

Your  best bridge bid is simply  1 S... the worst that can happen is that pard will raise your Spades...(and they need 4 to do that...not the end of the world....) However, 1 NT will be the most likely re-bid by pard...Just what you hoped for...

1NT--is it forcing if you are on a passed hand...this is a matter for partnership discussion...Experts agree that there are many options...depending upon how third seat openers are handled.... (If you play some form of Drury...1 NT should NOT be forcing .See below)

Do you open light in 3rd or 4th seat? Do you ever open a 4-card Major in 3rd or 4th seat? If both answers are no..then play it as forcing! If either answer is yes...play it as optional!

A very useful tool to have at your disposal in this position is something that will allow you to tell your partner you have a limit raise for their major suit...may I recommend "DRURY" or "REVERSE" 2-WAY DRURY (Sounds impressive but actually very simple...)

Of course when the opponents compete a "cue" bid is always available...showing 10+ pts and inferring a fit!