Responding to a Strong 2NT  

This section does not deal with Slam, Grand Slam Bidding or Ace asking - these are covered in later lessons.

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Responding to 2NT is similar to responding to other NoTrump opening bids. You will need to discuss with your partner if you are plating Stayman and transfers after a 2NT opening. Your partner shows 20-22 HCP so 5 HCP is enough for game in No Trumps, and 4 TP is enough for a game in a suit.

  • Bid 3NT directly with a balanced hand;
  • Bid 4 or 4 directly with a 6-card major
  • Bid 3 or 3 with a 5-card major.
  • With 12+ points you will want to bid to slam - Ace ask using either Gerber, Blackwood or Cue Bidding conventions

Exercise: Your partner Opens 2NT, what do you respond with the following hands?

Hand 1.

Your Hand
 Q 5 4 3
 K 4 3
3 2
 J 5 4 3
Your Bid
Answer: 3NT. You have 6 HCP's so you should bid game directly.

Hand 2.

Your Hand
A 9 8 7 6
K 8 7
J 7 6 4
Your Bid
Answer: 3  Shows your partner your 5 card major suit AND that you have more than 7 TP

Hand 3.

Your Hand
  • A 8 4
  • Q J 10 874
  • 10 7
  • J 4

Answer: Bid 4 to show your 6 card heart suit and not enough points to go on bidding for a slam. Bidding game is a shutout, discouraging partner from bidding more, it tells partner you have just enough points for game

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