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INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE

 

LESSON 2

 

OPENING BIDS WITH UNBALANCED HANDS

 

 

Considerations:-These hands are unbalanced; i.e., they contain at least one or more voids, one or more

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Singletons, and/or more than one doubleton.Note that in this instance, since a

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† No Trump contract is not being considered, distributional points do count; i.e., 2

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Points for a singleton, 1 Point for a doubleton, and 3 Points for a void.Remember, if, and

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† when, a Golden Fit is found, a Singleton advances to a worth of 3 Points, a Doubleton†††††††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† remains at a value of 1 Point, and a Void advances to a worth of 5 Points.

 

 

General Bidding Ranges:

 

a.      0-12††† HCPís†† Points - Pass (Exception: if the Rule of 20 is satisfied, one may and probably††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† should open a 10-12 HCP hand in the first or second position)

 

b.      †††13††† HCPís†† Points - Must open 1 of a suit with either a good 5-card Major or else a preferred†††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††Minor (Note: In this instance Rule of 20 will always be satisfied)

 

††††††††† c.14-15††† HCPís†† Points - Must open 1 of a suit and rebid any of the following:

 

(1)   Rebid 1 No Trump

(2)   Rebid oneís own suit evidencing a 6-card Major or a 5-card Minor

(3)   Raise partner one level in his/her responding suit

(4)   Pass only if responding partner has made a limited bid of either 2 of openerís suit or 1 NT

(5)   Pass if opponent to openerís right (RHO) has made an intervening overcall, said bid affording openerís responder another opportunity to bid if he/she so chooses

 

e.      16-18 Points - Open 1 of a suit and rebid:

 

(1)   Jump in openerís suit if holding 6 or more cards in openerís suit

(2)   Jump in partnerís suit if support for partner is present

(3)   Present a reverse bid (Ex:1H†† 2D)or(Ex: 1S†† 2H)

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2S††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3C

f.       19 Points or More - Open 1 of a suit and Jump Shift into a second suit

 

g.      21 Points (With a 7-card suit)

††††† 23 Points (With a 6-card suit)††††††††† =†† Open ď2CĒ (These are Minimum Requirements)

††††† 25 Points (With a 5-card suit)

 

†††††††† If opener has more than one good long suit to show, it is usually beneficial to open one of a suit and jump-shift into the second suit as opposed to opening ď2CĒ which, in effect, cuts out one-level of bidding space for the opening team.†† Also note: the ď2CĒ artificial, strong, opening is also forcing, and can never be passed by responder, no matter how weak he/she may be, even with 0-7 HCPís a response of ď2DĒ (Negative) must be given.