Which Game?  

If you have a 'fit' in a suit then you will bid to game in that suit, if you have no fit but evenly spread suits with stoppers in each suit then NoTrumps is the place for your game.

Choosing the right game contract

1. "Game" in opener’s Major suit (25 TP's and a Fit in trumps between you and your partner) If you have 4 cards in your partner’s suit, you have at least 8 trumps between you. Partner has promised at least 5 with the opening bid (majors only). Having 8 trumps is called a FIT. If you have a fit in a major, that will be the best place to play your game.

2. "Game" in Notrumps (25 HCP's between you and your partner) If you don’t have 4-card support for your partner’s major suit, you should usually bid 3NT.

3. "Game" in opener’s Minor suit (27 TP's between you and your partner)

Because 9 tricks in 3NT scores the same as 11 tricks in 5 or 5. If 5 of a minor makes, then is is very likely 3NT will make more than 9 tricks giving a better score.

Exercise: Your partner opens the bidding with 1, you respond and bid 1, partner then rebids 2NT what is your bid?

Your Hand
  • Q 9 7
  • A 7 6
  • K 9 8 6
  • Q 7 4

Answer: You should bid 3NT. Your partner opened 1 you responded with 1, when partner rebid 2NT they are showing 17-18 HCP no major suit and a flat distribution, with your 11 HCP you have enough to be in 'game' in No Trumps

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