By Peter Rhead
What do you do when partner responds One No-Trump?
In the past few weeks we investigated your common responses to partner’s One No-Trump and Two No-Trump opening. For the next few weeks, the shoe is on the other foot. You are the opener with a bid of one-of-a-suit, and your partner responds 1NT or 2NT. Your opening of one-of-a-suit shows an unlimited hand of 13-21 points. Now, as opener, what are your options for your second bid?
In the weeks to come, first we will have examples of your second bid after the 1NT response by partner to your one-of-a- suit opening. After that we will examine the options for your second bid after a 2NT response by partner to your one-of-a-suit opening.
When partner responds 1NT to your suit opening, in standard bidding he is showing 6-9 points with little or no support for your opening suit. Partner has limited their hand so you are now the captain. You possess the most information about the two hands in the partnership. It is your responsibility to guide the partnership to the best contract.
You, the opener, have many possible responses with your second bid after a 1NT response by partner. Each is dependent on your hand distribution and your point count. One response is PASS showing that you have 13-14 points and nothing more to contribute. There is no possible game in the wings. In addition to PASS we will discuss four possible responses by you when you hold a different opening hand. We will discuss these responses next week before we get to the examples. Think about them!
Next Week: Four possible additional second bids by you after partner’s 1NT response.
Remember, as we all fight COVID-19 with social isolation, if you want your Bridge fix, online competition is available for all skill levels. From the ACBL Bridge website, you can hook up either to play live people or to play robots. Either way you test or consolidate various Bridge skills. At ACBL.org just click on “Play Bridge” and follow the prompts for various choices.
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