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when opener rebids
WHEN partner opens with a bid of one of
a suit and then rebids 1NT, you, as res- (3) (4) Sandra Landy
ponder, are in charge of guiding your side ♠ K Q 10 9 6 ♠ K Q 10 9 6
to the final contract. Partner’s 1NT is a ♥Q2 ♥Q42
‘limit bid’: it shows a precise number of ♦ K Q 10 8 ♦ K Q 10 9 would prefer to rebid 1NT rather than 2♥.
points. Standard English suggests 15-16 ♣93 ♣9 So perhaps hearts would play better than
but some people play 15-17; it doesn’t no-trumps. Bid 3♥ to offer a choice of
matter which you play as long as you and (5) (6) games. With five cards in hearts partner will
your partner agree. Partner hasn’t much ♠K653 ♠ K 10 6 5 bid 4♥. With only four hearts, but with
idea how strong your hand is, only that ♥J42 ♥42 three spades, partner will bid 3♠. But with
you have at least 6 points, so it’s up to you ♦ K 10 9 ♦ K Q 10 9 8 a hand that has only two spades and four
to lead your partnership to a safe contract. ♣Q84 ♣ Q 10 hearts, partner will bid 3NT. You can pass
Suppose your hand is as shown, and the happily knowing that all possible game
auction has begun with (7) (8) contracts have been investigated.
♠ Q 10 9 5 1♣ from partner, 1♦ ♠ K 10 6 5 3 ♠ K Q 10 6
♥J4 from you, and partner ♥63 ♥63 (5) This is a much less exciting shape hand
♦ A K J 10 9 rebids 1NT. ♦QJ982 ♦KQ752 than the previous ones. But you do have 9
♣J7 What do you know ♣8 ♣A8 points. Try for game by bidding 2NT. If
about partner’s hand? partner has five cards in hearts, he can bid
Since partner didn’t 3♥ over 2NT to show his five-card suit,
open 1NT, partner is fairly balanced and (1) You should never be in this position. allowing you to choose which game to play.
better than 12-14 points. Partner must have When partner opens 1♥, you will raise
four or five clubs to open 1♣, but will not hearts by saying 4♥. When you have a fit (6) You responded 1♠ to 1♥ to make sure
have four cards in either hearts or spades, in one major, you don’t need to find a fit a 4-4 spade fit wasn’t missed. Some people
because 1NT was rebid over 1♦. So there is in the other one. So there is no point in would respond 2♦, bidding their long suit
no point in bidding your spades after the responding 1♠, just support hearts. first. But if partner just rebids 2♥, you are
1NT rebid – partner does not have four not worth bidding again with 2 ♠ and a
spades. You have 12 high-card points and (2) You want to be in game with this 4-4 spade fit could be lost. When partner
some useful tens too; partner has at least 15 exciting shape hand. Partner should have at rebids 1NT, those long diamonds look to
points, so your side has a combined count least two small spades, so your side has an be a useful source of tricks and I would
of 27 points. As 27 points is enough for eight-card spade fit. Just bid 4♠. Don’t mess raise 1NT directly to 3NT.
game, you can just raise partner to 3NT. about when you know where you are going.
Don’t give the opponents any clues about (7) With only 6 points, you have no
your hand, just bid 3NT and hope partner (3) With only five spades, this hand is one interest in game. But maybe with your
can make at least nine tricks. trick weaker than Hand 2, but it has the shapely hand a suit contract will be better.
But there are times when you want to ♥Q instead, so with 12 points you still Bid 2♦, which partner can pass if he
explore alternative contracts. 3NT is not want to go to game. Will spades be better? prefers diamonds to spades. With equal
always the best place to play. Suppose Probably, if partner has three – maybe not length in spades and diamonds, partner
partner opens 1♥ and you respond 1♠. if partner has only two small spades. Bid can put you back to spades by bidding 2♠.
What would you say on the following 3♦. A new suit at the three level is forcing
hands when partner rebids 1NT? to game. It asks opener to bid game in (8) Sorry if I caught you out, but with 14
spades with three-card support, otherwise points you have a good hand and should
3NT. It doesn’t show any real interest in respond 2♦ to partner’s 1♥ opening, not
(1) (2) playing in diamonds. If opener had five 1♠. Partner will probably rebid 2NT. Now
♠K653 ♠ K Q 10 9 6 5 hearts and four diamonds, he would have you can show your four cards in spades by
♥Q542 ♥92 rebid 2♦ not 1NT. bidding 3♠. This is called a ‘Responder’s
♦J4 ♦ K Q 10 8 Reverse’, which in Standard English is
♣AK3 ♣3 (4) Partner could have five hearts. A hand forcing to game: partner is not allowed to
with 15 points and a five-card heart suit pass over 3♠.
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