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Standard American - Lesson 4
Responding to your partners "Opening" Bid
("responders bid ")

In a bridge game it isn’t always possible to support your partners opening bid.  Sometimes you have to explore for a better fit. (A fit means that you have 8 trumps between you).                    

If you bid in a new suit this is is forcing on your partner to keep bidding going (a "forcing" bid) for one round. You promises you have at least 4 cards in the 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
  • If you bid at the 2-level, you need at least 10 HCP


Partner opens 1 and you have the hands below what do you bid:


Hand 1.
Your Hand
Q 9 8 2
10 2
A 6 3
A 10 7 6
Your Bid
Bid 1. Keep the bidding as low as possible when changing suit



Hand 2.
Your Hand
9 8 2
10 2
A 6 2
A 10 7 6 3
Your Bid
1NT is the best bid, as you donít have a very strong hand



Hand 3.
Your Hand
Q 9 8 2
Q 2
A 7 6
A 10 7 6
Your Bid
Now you can bid 2, as you have enough HCP to bid at the 2- level



††PREVIOUS LESSON - Bidding Game††††NEXT LESSON - Opener Rebids†

Rounded Rectangular Callout: Keep the bidding as low as possible when you are changing suit.


1. Introduction To Bridge - Hand Evaluation
2. Opening Bids
3. Bidding Game
4. Responder Bidding
5. Opener Rebids
6. Responder Suit Bids
7. Responder No Trump Bids
9. Responding To Overcalls
10. Opening 1NT
11. Responding With Balanced Hands
12. Responding With An Unbalanced Hand
13. NoTrump Rebids
14. Responses To NoTrump Rebids
15. Overcall Or Double
16. Takeout Doubles
17. Responses To Takeout Doubles
18. Opening 2NT
19. Responses To 2NT
20. Opening Strong 2 Clubs
21. Responding to a Strong 2 Club Opening
22. Responding to an Opening Weak 2 Bid




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