By Peter Rhead
Examples of a Three No-Trump response to partner’s 1NT opening
Currently we are investigating each of 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.
This week, you have examples of when to consider a response of Three No-Trump. You have at least 10 points so you want to be in game (15+10).
You sit there with these five hands. Your partner has opened One No-Trump with 15-17 points. He shows a balanced or semi-balanced hand such as xxx xxxx xxx xxx (Spades Hearts Diamonds Clubs) or xx xxxxx xxx xxx. What should you respond with each hand?
Case 1: You jump to Three No-Trump directly to guarantee the game (15+10).
Case 2: You jump to Three No-Trump directly to guarantee the game (15+11). It is not worth the risk to Transfer to Diamonds where you will have to go to Five Diamonds for a game. Partner will like your hand.
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 jump to Three No-Trump denying Spades but guaranteeing the game to opening partner (15+10).
Case 4: You jump to Three No-Trump directly for the game(15+10). You do not consider Stayman because you have no ruffing capability in a suit contract!
Case 5: You first respond Two Clubs Stayman. If partner bids Two Diamonds denying a four-card major, you then jump to Three No-Trump for the game (15+10).
Next Week: Examples of a Stayman response to partner’s 1NT Opening
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