By Peter Rhead
Examples of your second bid after partner bids Jacoby 2NT
Last week we looked at some of the choices you have when partner responds conventional Jacoby 2NT after you open One Spade or One Heart. This week we look at some examples. Consider how you should treat the following hands for your second bid.
Case 1: You are the opener and you open One Heart with 13 points including one length point. Your partner jumps to Jacoby 2NT also showing an opening hand with at least three-card support for your Hearts. You have no Ace nor void and a minimum hand (13-14 points). Bid Four Hearts immediately showing partner there is no slam interest in your hand.
Case 2: Again, you are the opener and you open One Heart with 13 points including one length point. Again, your partner jumps to Jacoby 2NT. This time you are pleased to be able to show an Ace. Bidding up the line you bid Three Spades. If partner now bids Four Clubs, you know you have all the Aces. Since your hand is a minimum (13-14 points), you just bid game, Four Hearts. Partner can still decide to go further if his hand warrants more action.
Case 3: You open One Heart with your unbalanced 15 points including two length points. Partner jumps to Jacoby 2NT. You bid Three Clubs showing an Ace or void in Clubs. If partner now bids Three Diamonds he shows a void in Diamonds (you have the Ace!). Now showing your medium value hand (15-18 points) you bid Three Hearts and leave it to partner who must go to game or beyond.
Next Week: More examples of how to respond to partner’s Jacoby 2NT after you open One Spade or One Heart.
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