By Peter Rhead
More examples of your second bid after partner’s 2NT response
For the past two weeks, you opened one-of-a-suit and we examined your second bid after partner responds 2NT to your opening bid. Last week we looked at some examples for your second bid. Today we will look at more examples of your possible second bid. Your second bid always depends on the strength and distribution of your opening hand.
Case 1: You open One Club with your 15 points including two length points. Partner responds 2NT showing 10-12 points with no four-card major. You have no choice other than to bid 3NT and take your chances for the possible 3NT game (15+10=25).
Case 2: You open One Heart with your 13 point hand including two length points. Partner responds 2NT showing 10-12 points. His bid shows no three-card support for Hearts and no four-card Spade suit. You know your partnership has enough points for game if partner is at his maximum, twelve points (13+12=25). Therefore you bid Three Hearts to invite partner to go to game if he has the 12 points. With one or two Hearts he can now go to the Four- Heart possible game. Otherwise with 12 points he goes to the 3NT possible game.
Case 3: this time with 16 points including two length points, you again open this hand One Heart. When partner responds 2NT, you jump to game in your Heart suit, Four Hearts (16+10=25). The 2NT jump nicely limited partner’s hand (10-12) but left you with no bidding room to explore other possibilities. Chances are that partner, responding 2NT, has at least one Heart and you do not want to miss the game try.
Again, remember, if you are bidding a minor suit, you need 28 points for the game.
Next Week: What is your second bid when you open one-of-a-suit and partner raises your suit?
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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