Intermediate: Bridge Tips II

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You are playing the 2/1 game force system and you have the following hand when partner opens 1espade…

Neil Timm
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You are playing the 2/1 game force system and you have the following hand when partner opens 1.

QJ7 7654 K98 AQ10 what do you bid?

You have a balanced hand with 12 HCP, bid 1NT forcing. Replace the 10 with the J, to give you 13HCP. Now what? Still bid 1NT, do not bid 2 (you need five), and your hand is balanced. And do not bid 2NT (you need four spades).

With a balanced hand and 12-13 HCP bid 1NT over the major suit bid. If partner rebids spades or shows a 4-card suit, next bid 4 – game values with no interest in slam. If you play Combined Bergen raises you would bid 3 with the above hand showing a limit raise with three card supports in spades.

You have the following hand K93 K432 2 AQ1098 what do you now bid?

You have 13 points, bid 2 to show 13+ points and an unbalanced hand. However, if you replace the Q with the J, you would not bid 2 but 1NT forcing and then bid 3 to show a limit raise with three card support. Playing Combined Bergen raises , you would bid 3, limit raise with three card supports for the bid major.

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