By Peter Rhead
Responding after Jacoby Two No-Trump
Your partner opens One Heart or One Spade. You respond Jacoby 2NT to show a game-going hand with four-card support of partner’s major suit bid. You know your partnership has a game and possibly slam. Your response of Jacoby 2NT lets partner know this.
Now that you have shared this information, partner’s next bid shows interest in slam by a bid of first round control of the next suit up the line (an Ace or a void). Then you show first round control of the next suit up the line. If either of you skips a suit, you do not have first round control in that suit. If either of you bids the opening suit, that indicates no further controls. The other partner can proceed or just bid the game.
Guideline One: The Jacoby 2NT reply is only to a One Heart or One Spade opening.
Guideline Two: Each bid after Jacoby 2NT refers to first round control looking for slam.
Guideline Three: When a suit is skipped, there is no first round control by that partner.
Guideline Four: Either partner re-bidding the agreed suit indicates no interest in slam.
Guideline Five: Neither partner can PASS until game is reached.
For more information, Read “Jacoby 2NT” by Barbara Seagram in 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know, page 83.
Next Week: Examples of Responding to Jacoby 2NT.
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