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Standard American Lesson 7
Responder’s NoTrumps (NT) Without 3+ card 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

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.


If you don’t have a fit, you can respond in notrumps. This is also a limit bid.

Again, it’s vital to show your strength in case you have combined values for game.

Rounded Rectangle: Opener	Responder  	  1suit 	1NT= 6-9    HCP  	  1suit	2NT= 13-15  HCP  	  1suit	3NT= 16-18  HCP    If you have 10-12 HCP, you must change suit first and then bid 2NT.

Exercises

Partner opens 1.   What is your bid?

Hand 1.
Your Hand
A 7 6
A 6
A Q 4 3
K 6 5 3
Your Bid
3NT You have no major fit but you have the agreed strength to bid game.



Hand 2.
Your Hand
A J 6
9 6
Q 6 3 2
Q 5 3 2
Your Bid
1NT  You have 6-9 HCP and no fit.



Hand 3.
Your Hand
J 6 2
6 2
A K 9 3
K Q 9 8
Your Bid
2NT Showing 13-15 HCP and no fit.



Hand 4.
Your Hand
A 7 6 2
A 6
A Q 4
K 6 5 3
Your Bid
1 Look for a major fit before deciding which game to bid.



Hand 5.
Your Hand
Q J 6
9 6
A Q 6 3
Q 5 3 2
Your Bid
2 Subsequently you should bid 2NT, showing 10-12 HCP.



Hand 6.
Your Hand
J 6
K 9 6 2
K 8 7
K Q 9 8
Your Bid
3 Don’t forget to show your support, if possible, for partner’s major suit.



 






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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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