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Responder’s action

STANDARD ENGLISH

when opener rebids

1NT

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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