By Peter Rhead
Possible second bids by one-of-a-suit opener after partner’s single raise of opener’s suit
You, the opener, have opened one-of-a-suit. Your bid shows an unlimited hand of 13-21 points. Partner has responded two of your suit. His bid limits his hand to 6-9 points with at least three-card support for your opening suit. With this information, what choices have you for your possible second bids?
Choice One: With 13-15 points you know your partnership has at most 15+9=24 points so you do not have a 25 point game. Just PASS and play two of your suit for the part score.
Choice Two: With 16-18 points you know your partnership may have a game if partner is near his maximum nine points. (16+9=25). You invite game by bidding Two No-Trump. With 8-9 points, partner may now go to game in Four Hearts or 3NT depending on the strength and distribution of his hand. With 6-7 points, partner should PASS your 2NT invitation.
Choice Three: With 19-21 points, you know you have game (19+6=25). Bid the game in your suit which partner has supported.
Next Week: Examples of one-of-a-suit opener’s second bid after partner’s single raise of opener’s suit.
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