By Peter Rhead
More examples of your second bid after partner responds two of your opening suit
You open one-of-a-suit and then must make a second bid after partner responds with a single raise of your opening bid. Today we look at more examples of your possible second bid. Your second bid always depends on the strength and distribution of your opening hand. What would be your second bid with the following hands after your first bid is one-of-a-suit and partner responds two of your suit?
Case 1: You open One Spade with your 14 points including one length point. Partner responds Two Spades. His bid limits his hand to 6-9 points with at least three-card support for your Spades. For your second bid, you have no choice other than to PASS because you know your partnership does not have the points for the 25-point game (14+9=23). You play Two Spades for the part score.
Case 2: You open One Diamond with your 18 point hand including two length points. Partner responds Two Diamonds limiting his hand to 6-9 points with at least four-card Diamond support and no four-card Heart or Spade suit. You know your partnership does not have enough points for the minor suit game (18+9=27) (needs 28). Therefore your second bid is PASS and you play Two Diamonds for the part score.
Case 3: With 21 points including one length point, you open this hand One Spade, thinking about a possible slam. But partner responds Two Spades limiting his hand to 6-9 points with at least three cards in the Spade suit. You now realize your partnership cannot get to slam. Your partnership does not have the 33 points necessary (21+9=30 maximum). Therefore, you jump to game in your Spades, Four Spades, and play for the game score.
Again, remember, if you are bidding a minor suit, your partnership needs 28 points, not 25 points, for the Five Diamond or Five Club game.
Next Week: What options have you for your second bid when you open one-of-a-suit and partner does a double raise of your suit. For Example One Spade – Three Spades.
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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