Reply to partner's suit opener
Responding to Partner's Opening Bid & showing preferenceIn a bridge game if you don't have enough of your partner's suit, it isn't possible to support your partner's' opening bid. Sometimes you need to explore by bidding, looking for a better 'fit'. (A fit means that you have 8 cards between you and your partner in a particular suit.)
If you bid in a new suit this is forcing on your partner to keep bidding going (a "forcing" bid) for one round. You promise by a bid that you have at least 4 cards in the new suit bid.
If you bid a new suit at the 1-level -this shows your partner you have at least 6 HCP.
Keep the bidding as low as you can to leave more room to explore for a fit.
- Bid (show) a suit at the 1-level if possible
- Bid 1NT to show you have 6-9 HCP and no 4 card majors
- If you have two four card major suits and 6+ points bid the lower ranking one first (your heart suit)
- If you change the suit and bid at the 2-level, you will need at least 10+ HCP and a 5 card major suit
- If you change the suit and bid at the 2-level, you will need at least 10+ HCP and a 4 card minor suit
- If you raise your partner's suit to the level of 3 you promise 10-12 TP and 4-card suit support
- When partner bids two different suits - even with no points you should show preference by either leaving them in the second bid suit or returning them to their first bid suit (its longer)
Exercise: Partner opens the bidding with 1 ♥ and you have this hand. What is your bid?
- ♠J 9 8 6 5
- ♥K 6
- ♦10 6 3
- ♣Q 10 8
Answer: Bid 1♠. Keep the bidding as low as possible when changing suit. Here you cannot bid 2♥ because you do not have a 4 card heart suit OR 10+ points keep the bidding as low as possible. You wouldn't bid 1NT because that denies a 4 card major suit