Responding to Openers suit rebid
What are my choices?
Responding to Openers suit rebids1. The opener has usually shown the strength and distribution of their hand in their first two bids. Responder must then look at their own hand and calculate the total point count, then decide should this hand be played in part-game or are there enough points to bid game (with the much higher number of bonus points) the decision depends on the strength and points total of the openers and responders hands combined.
If the combined hands have at least....
- 25 HCP and no 'major suit fit' then the responder needs to bid game in NoTrumps;
- if they have 26 TP and a 'fit' in either ♠ or ♥ then the responder needs to bid
game in a major suit
- if they have 27 TP and a 'fit' in either ♣ or ♦ and side suits with no stoppers (honor cards) then the responder needs to bid game in a minor suit
- Support one of partner's suits
- Rebid your own suit
- Show another suit of your own
- Bid NoTrumps
|Responder can choose to||...point count||...holding|
|- prefer one of partner's suits||0-9 TP||responder choses opener's suit in which they hold the most number of cards-with equal numbers of cards in both suits return opener to their first bid suit (this is called 'showing preference'). Leave the contract at the lowest possible level and opener may pass.|
|- rebid first bid suit||10+ TP||a good 5 card or a six card suit|
|- bid a second suit||12+ TP||must have a second 4 card suit and two or less cards in in partners suits|
|- bid NoTrumps||11+ HCP||with no major suit 'fit' and stoppers in the unbid suits|
Exercise: Your partner opens 1♠ you respond 1NT - opener then rebids 2♥. What is your bid?
- ♠A 5
- ♥10 8
- ♦ J 10 9 7 2
- ♣J 9 6 2
Answer: Return opener to their first bid suit ♠ as you hold equal amounts of spades and hearts and the bidding shows that opener has longer spades than hearts. If you had more hearts than spades leave partner in hearts you 'prefer' their hearts. You don't have 10+ TP for 2♦'s
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