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Standard American Lesson 6
Responder’s Limit Bids with 3+ card suit support

Limit bids are useful bids as they can show the strength and the shape of the hand.

A new suit bid is not a limit bid. Limit bids are:

  • Notrump bids
  • Same suit bids – bidding a suit that has already been bid by either player

Remember that if you have 3-card support for the opener’s major suit, you should raise that suit immediately.

Opener Responder  
1 / 2 / =     6-9 TP & 3 trumps (in openers bid suit)
  3 / = 10-12 TP & 3 trumps (in openers bid suit)
     

Bidding game directly is a pre-emptive bid designed to shut out the opponents.

It promises 6-9 HCP with either 4 trumps & a void, or 5 trumps & a singleton.

If you have more than 13 HCP, you must change suit first and then bid game.


Exercises

Partner opens 1.   What is your bid?

Hand 1.
Your Hand
9 7 6 3
A 4 2
A Q 8
8 3 2
Your Bid
3 Show your support and 10-12 HCP.



Hand 2.
Your Hand
A J 6
J 9 6
Q 7 3
J 6 5 3
Your Bid
2 Shows support again and 6-9 HCP.



Hand 3.
Your Hand
2
J 9 8 7 6 5
K 5 3
K Q 9
Your Bid
4 This promises a weak hand and a shortage.



Hand 4.
Your Hand
A 7 6 3
A 6 4 2
A Q 9
9 8
Your Bid
Bid 1 first and then 4. You can’t bid 4 immediately, as that would show a weak hand.






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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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