By Peter Rhead
Examples of Two No-Trump response to partner’s 1NT opening
Last week we began our look at your five possible responses to partner’s One No-Trump opening. They are PASS, Two No-Trump, Three No-Trump, Stayman and Transfers. Each is dependent on your hand distribution and your point count. With less than 8 points you usually PASS. With 8-9 points you have more options. With 10 points or more, you are going for game which requires a partnership total of at least 25 points.
Today, you have examples of when to consider a response of Two No-Trump.
You sit there with these five hands. Your partner has opened One No-Trump showing a balanced or semi-balanced hand such as xxx xxxx xxx xxx (Spades Hearts Diamonds Clubs) or xx xxxxx xxx xxx with 15-17 points.
Case 1: You PASS. (max 17+7) You have nothing extra for a 1NT part-score contract.
Case 2: You bid Two No-Trump inviting game in No-Trump (17+8) if opener maximum.
Case 3: You first respond Two Clubs Stayman. If opening partner replies Two Diamonds denying a four-card major, or bids Two Spades, you now bid Two No-Trump denying Spades but inviting opening partner to go for game if maximum (17+8).
Case 4: You respond Two No-Trump inviting opener to go to Three No-Trump if at his maximum (17+8). You do not consider Stayman because you have no ruffing capability in a suit contract!
Case 5: You first respond Two Clubs Stayman showing at least one four-card major. If partner bids Two Diamonds denying a four-card major, you then bid Two No-Trump inviting opener to go to the Three No-Trump game if at his maximum (17+8).
Next Week: Examples of a Three No-Trump response to partner’s 1NT Opening
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