By Peter Rhead
Your sixth common response to partner’s One No-Trump opening
In the past five weeks we were investigating each of your five common responses to partner’s One No-Trump opening. They were 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.
One of our readers has contacted me that, correctly, there is a sixth response I missed. It is called “Quantitative”. It is a slam invitation where the bidding goes 1NT – 4NT. That is 1NT by opener and 4NT by responder.
Opener has 15-17 points for his 1NT bid. Responder, bidding 4NT, is saying that he has a balanced hand and enough points (16) for a No-Trump slam if opener is at his maximum, 17 points (17+16=33). If opener has the 17 points he then bids 6NT. If opener does not have 17 points he passes and the partnership plays a game at 4NT.
Thank you, reader, for your input.
Next Week: Examples of when to use the 4NT response to partner’s 1NT opening
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