What do I need?
OverviewThis opening bid shows a very strong balanced hand with a point count between 20-22 HCP, no worthless doubletons meaning an honor card of Q or higher and no 5 card majors
This opening not forcing. The responder normally chooses the final contract immediately.
To open 2NT you should try to ensure that you can control all your 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 two following patterns
5, 3, 3, 2 cards in each of the suits
4, 3, 3, 3 cards in each of the suit
If your cards are in either of these two patterns your hand is called "balanced" or "flat" and has a "flat" or "balanced" distribution.
· 20-22 HCP
- ♠ A 9 4
- ♥ A Q J
- ♦ K Q J 10
- ♣ K 4 3
Answer: Open 2NT. Responder simply calculates the total point count and decides whether or not to bid game and also whether to play the hand in a suit contract or NoTrumps.