By Peter Rhead
Responses to your new suit by unpassed responder
When partner bids a new suit on his second bid, it is forcing for one more round of bidding. That is the basic premise of today’s column.
Partner has an unlimited hand when he responds to you with a new suit for his second bid. He is looking for a possible game or slam contract. You must bid again. Your options are included in these guidelines.The Brick HuntsvilleToday we are keen for all things green! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️
Guideline One: One No-Trump or 2NT WITH NO JUMP are two bids you can make to say you have nothing more in your hand to bid.
Guideline Two: Rebidding one of your suits or one of partner’s suits also indicates you have nothing more to say.
Guideline Three: If you bid a new suit you are forcing partner to bid again unless partner has passed already.
Guideline Four: Partner’s opening bid is PASS. Now the only way partner can be forced to bid is if you have a conventional agreement such as the strong Two Clubs opening.
Next Week: Examples of forcing responses made by you or your partner.
Remember, as we all fight COVID-19 with social isolation, if you want your Bridge fix, online competition is available for all skill levels. From the ACBL Bridge website, you can hook up either to play live people or to play robots. Either way you test or consolidate various Bridge skills. At ACBL.org just click on “Play Bridge” and follow the prompts for various choices.
If you wish to promote an activity in your Bridge group or ask a Bridge question, send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to include it in this column.
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