· 12 to 21 points· A major suit opening must have 5 or more cards.
· A minor suit opening may have 3 cards in the suit, if there is no 5-card major andthe hand does not qualify for a no trump opening.
Openers further define their hands with their rebid.
o 12 to 15 points = a minimum-range opening hand (options)
§ Bid a new suit at the one level.
- Rebid the opening suit with 6 cards
§ Support partner’s suit with 4-card support.
§ Bid a new suit below the rank of the opening suit.
§ Bid no trump at the minimum available level.
o 16 to 18 points = a mid-range opening hand (options)
§ Rebid the opening suit, jumping a level, with 6 cards
§ Raise partner’s major suit response, jumping a level.
§ Bid a new suit above the rank of the opening suit.
§ If partner bids at the 2-level, bid 3 no trump, with a relatively balanced hand.
o 19 to 21 points = a strong-range opening hand (options)
§ Bid a new suit by jumping a level
§ Raise partner’s major suit response to the 4-level, with 4-card support.
§ Bid no trump by jumping a level, with a relatively balanced hand.
· If no game is possible, pass
· If game is possible but not certain, raise responder’s bid one level.
· If game is certain, bid the game (she who knows, goes)
There are five basic principles in responding:
· With 5-points or fewer, you should pass
· Supporting partner’s opening suit (at any level) or bidding any level of no trump are limit bids and opener may pass.
· A new suit bid at the minimum available level is unlimited. Opener must bid again.
· A new-suit bid at the two level requires 10 or more points and a 5-card suit.
· With a choice of bidding a 4-card major suit at the 1 level or a 5-card minor suit at the 2 level, you should choose the major suit. However, if you are certain the partnership has enough points for game, bid the minor suit first.