By Peter Rhead
Examples of your responses to Limit Your Hand
Last week we reviewed LIMIT YOUR HAND responses to partner’s opening bid. The LIMIT YOUR HAND bid is all about giving partner all the information about your hand as quickly as possible.
This week we have examples of your hands. You consider which response to use to Limit Your hand.
Case 1: Your partner opens One Heart. You have support and a minimum hand of 6-9 points. You Limit Your Hand by bidding Two Hearts. Opening partner now knows the value of your hand and makes the next bid according to the value of his hand.
Case 2: Your partner opens One Spade. With six Hearts and ten points including length points, you are happy to bid Two Hearts. Your bid of a new suit shows at least five Hearts and ten points; it is a forcing bid. Partner cannot PASS. Depending on partner’s bid, you must reply to a new suit. You may PASS if partner rebids his suit or supports your suit.
You have a good hand but unless partner pushes by bidding Clubs, you have said all you have to say.
Case 3: Your partner opens One Club. You have a good supporting hand with 12 points including one length point. Bid Three Clubs. With your jump, you have limited your hand to 10-12 points with at least five Clubs for partner. Partner will PASS or go on depending on the value of his hand.
For more information, read “Raising Partner’s Suit” in Barbara Seagram’s Bridge 25 Ways to Compete in The Bidding, page 21.
Next Week: More Examples of Limit Your Hand.
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