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Standard American Lesson 10
Opening 1NT

This is a very special opening bid for 2 reasons:

1. Your hand is limited to a maximum of 17 instead of 21.

2. Your hand must be balanced.

A balanced hand contains

No 5-card major

Not more than one doubleton  

No singleton or void

A balanced hand may contain a 5-card minor but, if it does, it will have no other 4-card suit. Since the opening bid of 1NT is so specific, both in point count and shape, the opener rarely bids again. The responder is expected to take charge and choose the best contract.

 

What would you open with these hands?

Hand 1.
Your Hand
K 7 6 3
A 10 8 7
K Q 7
A 7
Your Bid
Open 1NT



Hand 2.
Your Hand
K 7 6 3
Q J 8 7
K 8 7
A 7
Your Bid
Pass - you are too weak



Hand 3.
Your Hand
8 7
K Q 5
K Q 9 8
A K 8 4
Your Bid
Open 1NT



Hand 4.
Your Hand
6
K Q 5 4
A 9 8
A Q 8 4 3
Your Bid
Don't open 1NT with this hand because you have a singleton. Open 1



Hand 5.
Your Hand
K Q 6
Q 8 7
A 8 6 5 4
A 8
Your Bid
Open 1NT



Hand 6.
Your Hand
K Q 6
Q J 7 3 2
A 8 6
K 8
Your Bid
Don't open 1NT with this hand as you have a 5 card Major. Open 1



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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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