By Peter Rhead
Inverted minor examples responding to a minor opening
This week we look at examples of how you might respond with an Inverted Minor bid after a standard One Diamond bid by opener.
Opener promises no five-card major (unless by chance he has a six-five hand in Diamonds) with at least thirteen points and at least three Diamonds.
You are the responder with the following hands and you have agreed with your partner to play Inverted Minor. (Note that in each case where you respond Inverted Minor, opener must alert your bid.) What are your response bids?
Bid Two Diamonds. You are thinking possible game with your 11 points. You have the required five diamonds to bid an Inverted Minor showing partner 10-12 points. Opening partner alerts your bid because opponents are thinking 6-9 points. Opening partner now knows your hand and will decide where to go.
Bid Three Diamonds. You are thinking part score with your 8 points. You have the required five diamonds to bid an Inverted Minor showing partner 6-9 points. Opening partner alerts your bid. He now knows your hand and will decide where to go. You have made it more difficult for your opponents to get into the bidding.
Bid One Heart. You are thinking possible game with your 10 points. You do not have the required five diamonds to bid an Inverted Minor. Your bid does not limit your hand and is forcing for one round. You might have 30 points! One Heart shows partner you have at least four Hearts and at least 6 points. Using standard bidding, partner can now decide where to go.
Bid One No-Trump (6-9 points). You are thinking possible game with your 10 points. However, you have a lot of potential losers. You do not want to encourage partner. You do not have the required five diamonds to bid an Inverted Minor. Your bid does limit your hand although you have an extra point! Partner can now decide where to go using standard bidding and will not be disappointed with your hand.
For more information, read “Inverted Minor Raises” in Barbara Seagram’s 25 More Bridge Conventions You Should Know, page 139
Next Week: Unusual Response Over The Unusual Two No-Trump Overcall by Opposition.
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