RESPONDING TO OPENERŐS 1 BID

(Remember that any new suit bid by responder is always forcing.)

I.  WITH 19+ pts

A) Jump Shift* in new suit with excellent 5+ suit and 19+ ptsK

B) If you canŐt meet those conditions, bid a new suit and plan to jump later

I I.   RESPONDING TO A MAJOR SUIT OPENER (1H/1S)

1) With Support for Opener

(A)  6-9 points, Single Raise, 3+ support

(B)  10-12 pts, Jump Raise with 3+ support & singleton, or 4+support

         otherwise temporise with 2C/2D or 1S (4+ suit); or 2H (5+ suit)

         (C) 12+-15 pts, 4+ support, bid an artificial 2NT (Jacoby)

         (D) 10-12 pts and opps intrude, Limit Raise in Competition

         (E) 12+ and opps come in, Cue bid their suit

         (F)  19+  and 4+ card support, make jump shift in new suit

2) Lacking Support for OpenerŐs major

(A)  To 1H, holding  4+ spades, bid 1S (6-18 pts)

(B)  Make a 2over1 with a 5+ heart suit

(C)  Bid No Trump with relatively balanced hand (no singleton)

                  (i) 6-9 hcp, 1NT

                  (ii) 10-12 hcp 2NT in competition, with stopper in their suit)

                  (iii) 15+-17 hcp 3NT (unless playing Bergen 3NT)

(C)  Make a 2over1 with a 4+ minor suit

III.   RESPONDING TO A MINOR SUIT OPENER (1C/1D)

1) Bid a 4+ card major (6+ points, no upper limit)

2) Bid No Trump and you have no 4+ card major and are relatively balanced

         A) 6-9 hcp, respond 1NT

         B) 13-15 hcp, respond 2NT

         C) 16-17 hcp, respond 3NT (all unbid suits stopped)

3) Bid 1-diamond with 4+ diamonds, no major suit (6-18 pts)

4) Make a 2 over 1 in clubs (10+ pts)

5) Support  openerŐs minor with 5+ support

         (A) 6-9 pts, Single Raise

         (B) 13-15 pts Jump Raise

(C)          10-12 pts Jump Raise in competition.



* See handout on strong (Soloway) jump shifts.