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INTERMEDIATE-2 BRIDGE

LESSON 2

OPENING BIDS WITH UNBALANCED HANDS AND REBIDS BY THE OPENER

 

†††† (Unlike No Trump Bidding, Does Include Distributional Points)

 

 

A. OPENING 1 OF A SUIT:

 

0‑12 HCPís Pts. = Pass unless Rule of 20 Satisfied in 1st and 2nd positions

†† 13 HCPís Pts. = Should open since Rule of 20 will always be satisfied

†† 14‑15 HCPís Pts. = Must open 1 of a suit and then rebid:

 

†††††† (a)1 No Trump

(b)   2 of one's own suit (if a 5-card or better Minor or a 6-card or better Major)

(c)   Raise partner l level in his/her responding suit

(d)   Pass, but ONLY if there occurs an intervening bid by openerís RHO (Right-hand opponent)

†††††† (e)Pass ONLY if partner has limited the combined partnership potential via one of only

†††††††††††† two limiting bids; i.e., either 1NT or 2 of openerís bid suit

 

16‑18 Pts. = Must open 1 of a suit and then rebid:

 

††† ††††† (a)Jump in openerís own suit

(b)   Jump in Partners suit; i.e., raise him/her two levels of bidding

(c)   Utilize a reverse bid (Ex:1D†† 1S)or(1H†† 2D)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2H†††††††††††††††† 3C

 

19 Pts. or more = Open 1 of a suit and jump-shift into a second suit

 

 

 

B.    OPENING 2 OF A SUIT:(ď2CĒ= strong, artificial and forcing)

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† when weak twoís (2D,2H,2S) are otherwise used)

 

25 or more Pts. with a 5‑card suit

23 or more Pts. with a 6‑card suit

21 or more Pts. with a 7‑card suit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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C. OPENER"S REBID:††† The second bid (the so‑called "rebid") by the opener, subsequent to his/her opening of one of a suit, is frequently the crucial point in any auction.†† It is the first opportunity for opener to more finitely describe his/her hand and becomes the basis by which responder can then proceed.

 

 

(1) AFTER A ONE‑OVER‑ONE RESPONSE FROM PARTNER:

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Examples:††††††† 1C††† P††† 1D†††† P††† (or) 1D††† P††† 1H†††† P

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††??†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ??†††††††††††††

 

(A) A Rebid of 1NT [1D - 1H - 1NT] =(11-14 HCPís and a balanced hand)

 

(B) A Rebid of opener's original suit [1H ‑ 1S‑ 2H] = (11‑15 Points and a 6‑Card suit)

 

(C)†† A Rebid at the one‑level [1C ‑ 1H ‑ 1S] (The most unrevealing of rebids) =

††††††††††††††† Promises 11‑18 Points)

 

(D)†† A Rebid of a lower ranking suit at the 2‑level [1H ‑ 1S ‑ 2C] = (Since 1NT was††††

†††††††††††††††† by-passed, this usually shows a 2‑suited hand)

 

(E)††† A Reverse; i.e., a rebid of a higher ranking suit at the 2-level [1C ‑ 1H ‑ 2D] =

†††††††††††††††† Usually 16‑18 Points and is encouraging but not forcing)

 

(F)†† A Single raise in responder's suit [1H ‑ 1S ‑ 2S] = (11‑15 Points and at least a††††††††

†††††††††††††††† 4‑Card support for responderís bid suit)

 

(G) A Rebid of 2NT [1H ‑ 1S ‑ 2NT] = (18‑19 HCP's and a balanced hand)

 

(H)†† A Jump rebid in opener's suit [1D ‑ 1H ‑ 3D] = (At least a 6‑card suit and at least

††††††††††††††† 16‑18 HCPís)

 

(I)††† A Jump raise in responder's suit [1D ‑ 1H ‑ 3H] = (16‑18 points and at least a

††††††††††††††† 4‑card support for responderís bid suit)

 

(J)††† A Rebid of 3NT [1H ‑ 1S ‑ 3NT] = (20 HCP's and a balanced hand)

 

(K)†† A Jump‑shift rebid [1D ‑ 1H ‑ 3C] = (An unbalanced hand with at least 19 Points††††††††††††

††††††††††††††† and is game-forcing)

 

(L)†† A jump to game in responder's Major suit [1H ‑ 1S ‑ 4S] = (A 4‑Card support and

††††††††††††††† game values)

 

(M)A jump to game in opener's Major suit [1H1S ‑ 4H] = (At least a 7‑Card suit

††††††††††††††† and game values)

 

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(2) AFTER A TWO‑OVER‑ONE RESPONSE FROM PARTNER:

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Examples:††††††† 1H††† P††† 2D†††† P††† (or) 1D††† P††† 2C†††† P

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ??†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ??

 

(M) †††A Rebid of 2NT [1H ‑ 2C ‑ 2NT] = (An unbalanced hand with 11-14 Points Ė Is

†††††††††††††††† Invitational to GAme

 

(N) †††A Rebid in opener's suit [1D ‑ 2C ‑ 2D] = (A minimum opening bid with a 6‑Card

††††††††††††††† or a very good 5‑Card suit)

 

(O) A Rebid in a lower ranking suit [1S ‑ 2C ‑ 2D] = (13‑15 Points and is not forcing)

 

(P) A Single raise in responder's suit [1H ‑ 2D ‑ 3D] = (A minimum non-forcing rebid)

 

(Q) †††A reverse at the 2‑level [1H ‑ 2C ‑ 2S] = (A game-forcing bid with the first bid†††

††††††††††††††† suit equal or longer than the second bid suit)

 

(R) †††The rebid of a second suit at the 3‑level ("A HIGH REVERSE") [1H ‑ 2D ‑ 3C]††††

††††††††††††† (A game forcing bid evidencing at least 16 HCPís)

 

(S) ††A jump shift to the three level [1S ‑ 2C ‑ 3D] = (A game-forcing bid approaching

†††††††††††† Slam)

 

(T) †††A jump rebid in opener's suit [1S ‑ 2D ‑ 3S] = (Shows a 6‑Card suit and 16‑18

†††††††††††† Points)

 

(U) ††A jump raise in responder's suit [1S ‑ 2C ‑ 4C] = (Forcing and presumably a

††††††††††† 4‑card or 5‑card support) [1S ‑ 2H ‑ 4S] = (Shows a hand slightly too good for

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a 3H rebid and may be as little as a 3‑card support since responder has††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† promised a 5‑card suit)

 

(V) ††A jump to game in opener's suit [1S ‑ 2D ‑ 4S] = (A strong 6‑Card or better suit

††††††††††† and no interest in no Trump or responderís suit)

 

(W) A 3NT rebid [1D ‑ 2C ‑ 3NT] = (Equivalent to a 2NT rebid over a one‑over‑one

††††††††††† level response; i.e., a 18‑19 HCP opening with a balanced hand)