Five Card Majors
1NT 15-17



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TIP OF THE DAY

A 2H Response To A 1S Opening Promises A 5 Card Suit

After an opening bid of one of a suit, responder can generally bid a new suit at the two level with a 4 card suit, provided that he has 11 or more total points.

The only exception is that a 2 response to 1 promises a 5 card suit. The main reason is to make it easy to find a 5-3 heart fit, which will normally play better than 3NT.

South
K Q J 7 5
A 4 2
9 5
K 6 3

SouthWestNorthEast
1Pass2Pass
?

If the 2 response could be a 4 card suit, opener (South) might be tempted to rebid 2 on this hand. As it is, he can happily raise to 3. Add a queen and opener could raise directly to 4.

What happens when the responder to a 1 opening has only 4 hearts? Most of the time he will have a 4 card minor, which can be bid instead. When responder doesn't bid the 4 card heart suit, a 4-4 heart fit will rarely be missed because if opener has 5-4 in spades and hearts he will rebid hearts.

North
A 7
K Q 8 7
Q 4 2
T 9 5 3

SouthWestNorthEast
1Pass?

Responder bids 2. This gives opener a chance to rebid 2, which responder will raise to 3. (If opener instead bids 2, responder will continue with 2NT.)

If responder doesn't have a 4 card minor his shape must be 4333 with 4 hearts. In that case responder can raise directly to 3 if he has 11-12 points. With a stronger hand the best option is to respond 2 (on a 3 card suit) and support spades later.






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