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Standard American Lesson 14
Responding to NoTrump rebids

These are essentially the same as over an opening 1NT. Responder simply calculates the total point count and decides…

  • whether or not to bid game
  • whether to play the hand in a suit contract or notrumps.
Hand 1.
Opener (N)
J 4 3
A J 7 4
K 9 7
A J 6
Bidding
North East South West
1 P 1 P
1NT P 3NT P
P P

Responder (S)
A K 7 6
K 6
J 5 4 2
K 5 2

Comment: The only difference between responding to an opening 1NT and responding to a notrump rebid is that the opener will have shown a different number of points. The notrump bidder usually leaves the final decision regarding the contract to partner.





Hand 2.
Opener (N)
A Q 5
K 5
A 9 4 3
J 5 4 2
Bidding
North East South West
1 P 1 (6+) P
1NT P 2 P

Responder (S)
J 3
Q 9 8 7 5 4
6 5 2
K 6

Comment: This example is a very important one. After opener shows 15-16 HCP, responder calculates there are not enough HCP for game and the 2 bid on the second round is a weakness takeout. The principle is the same as if the opening bid had been 1NT and it is important that the opener doesn’t bid again.





Hand 3.
Opener (N)
A Q 5
K 5 3
A Q 4 3
K J 5
Bidding
North East South West
1 P 1 (6+) P
2NT P 4 P

Responder (S)
K J 6 5 3
Q 9 8 2
J 5 2
-

Comment: On this example, opener has enough to jump to 2NT on the second round, but that doesn’t mean the auction is over. Responder is still allowed to keep bidding and, in this case, bids 4. Knowing that opener has a balanced hand means that responder can be certain of a spade fit.





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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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