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t K Q 6

® A J 10

OPENER JUMPS IN THEIR FIRST SUIT

This is much simpler! A jump in your first suit

shows 16-17 points and a six card suit, although

you might have slightly fewer values if you have

more shape (for instance a 7th card in your suit). It

is not forcing if partner replied at the 1-level, in

which case partner can pass if they have a poor

hand, so you can't do it on super-strong hands.

STRONG HANDS WITH NO SECOND SUIT

This is an annoying hand type. If you hold a hand

that wants to game force (18+) facing a responding

hand you would ideally jump in a new suit or

reverse to tell partner about your shape and your

strength. This is tricky if you do not have a second

suit. Most players invent a second suit in this

situation to avoid a non-forcing jump rebid of their

first suit, usually jumping into a 3-card minor:

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Having opened 1™ and heard 1´ from partner

you are stuck. You cannot rebid 3™ as you are too

strong. If your shape were slightly different you

might pretend that you had an 18-19 NT but that is

not massively appealing with a six card major and a

small singleton. I would rebid 3®. This nominally

shows five hearts and four clubs with 18+ points,

which is probably the smallest lie that I can tell

about my hand.

Over this partner might bid 3™, which I can raise

to 4™, or 3t and I can then bid my hearts again. If

partner bids 3´ I am not too scared to try 3NT - it

is likely to be the right spot. Note that this means

you must exercise a little caution as responder if

you hold clubs on this sort of auction- try to keep

the bidding low initially and give partner a chance

to rebid their hearts if they have six of them.r

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