Beginner Bridge - Acol Lesson 4
Responding to your partners "Opening"("responder bids")
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 forcing on your partner to keep bidding going (a "forcing" bid) for one round. You promise at least 4 cards in the suit you bid.
If you bid a new suit at the 1-level this shows your partner you have at least 6 HCP.
Usually you keep the bidding as low as you can to leave more room to explore for a suit fit.
Bid a suit at the 1-level if possible (6 HCP)
Bid 1NT to show you have no 4 card Major