1NT opening  

If you bid No Trump you show that you have a balanced hand with no void, no singleton and at the most one doubleton

Suitable hands

“1NT is a limit bid as it shows a precise point count range”
To open 1NT you should try to ensure that you have some control in all suits by having an honor card in each. Notrump openings show a balanced hand and can be made with a five-card major suit or a five-card minor suit. You should also have an honor card of Queen or higher in all of the suits and your hand should not contain a void , a singleton or a worthless doubleton .
Distribution of your hand can be in either of the three following patterns
5, 3, 3, 2
4, 3, 3, 3
4, 4, 3, 2
If your cards are in either of these three patterns your hand is called "balanced" or "flat"

Opening with a 1NT Bid

· 15-17 HCP
· a balanced hand
· No more than 1 doubleton* (2 cards)
· Your hand may contain a 5 card major suit
· Your hand may contain a 5 card minor suit


A doubleton when in a NoTrump contract should contain an honor card with the rank of Queen or higher. If the doubleton has two cards neither of which is a Q or higher then it is referred to as a "worthless doubleton" because effectively there are no stoppers in that suit

Exercise: With the hand below, what would you open the bidding?

Your Hand
  • K 7 6 3
  • A 10 8 7
  • K Q 7
  • A 7

Answer: Open 1NT with this hand. With no 5 card Major suit you should show your 4-4-3-2 distribution and 16 HCP

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