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Standard American Lesson 12
Responding to 1NT with an unbalanced hand


  • Bid at the 2-level with not enough for game.
  • Jump to the 3-level with a 5-card major.
    This is forcing to game. Partner chooses the better game – either 3NT or 4/ 4
  • Bid 4/ 4 with a 6-card major and enough for game.


  • Responding to 1NT with Unbalanced hands

    Less than game            --- bid 2 of longest suit
    Game & 5-card major --- jump to 3 or 3
    Game & 6-card major --- bid 4 or 4



    Partner Opens Bidding 1NT what do you bid?


    Hand 1.
    Your Hand
    Q 7
    J 10 8 7 5 4
    8 7 2
    A 7
    Your Bid
    2 Remember that the choice of the best contract lies with the responder. Bidding a suit at the 2-level after partner opens 1NT, is called a “weakness takeout”. The opener must pass any bid at the 2 level.



    Hand 2.
    Your Hand
    A 7 6
    J 10 8 7 5 4
    10 9
    A Q
    Your Bid
    Bid 4 the right game as you have at least 8 hearts between you (partner must have 2 at least) and enough high card points for game.



    Hand 3.
    Your Hand
    9 3
    10 2
    J 7 6 5 4 3
    10 9 2
    Your Bid
    2 Remember that the choice of the best contract lies with the responder. Bidding a suit at the 2-level after partner opens 1NT, is called a “weakness takeout”. The opener must pass any bid at the 2 level.



    Hand 4.
    Your Hand
    K 5
    K J 10 8 2
    A 6 5
    10 9 2
    Your Bid
    3 In the last example you show 5 hearts and game values. This bid is forcing. Partner will bid 3NT or 4, depending on the number of hearts in the combined hands.



    REMEMBER: The opener must pass any bid at the 2 level.  

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    1. Introduction To Bridge - Hand Evaluation
    2. Opening Bids
    3. Bidding Game
    4. Responder Bidding
    5. Opener Rebids
    6. Responder Suit Bids
    7. Responder No Trump Bids
    9. Responding To Overcalls
    10. Opening 1NT
    11. Responding With Balanced Hands
    12. Responding With An Unbalanced Hand
    13. NoTrump Rebids
    14. Responses To NoTrump Rebids
    15. Overcall Or Double
    16. Takeout Doubles
    17. Responses To Takeout Doubles
    18. Opening 2NT
    19. Responses To 2NT
    20. Opening Strong 2 Clubs
    21. Responding to a Strong 2 Club Opening
    22. Responding to an Opening Weak 2 Bid




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