Tip 7: "Responder's rebid problem"

The bidding proceeds
1 - 1NT
2 - ?

If you remember that 1NT denies a 4-card major, then this opens up a lot of options now!
K x
9 x x
J x x x
K 10 8 x
P A S S.

Nothing to add.
K x
9 x
J x x x
K 10 8 x x
Bid 3

Make it difficult for them to enter the auction at the 2-level. Use the LAW.
K x
9
Q x x x
K 10 8 x x x
Bid 4 !

1. Preemptive;   2. Invitational with 6x support
K Q x
x x x
9 x x
A 10 8 x
Bid 2 !

A good raise in clubs pinpointing your side values.
x x
K Q x
9 x x
A 10 9 8 x
Bid 2 !

A good raise in clubs pinpointing your side values.

The following hand was played in a NEWMOON BBO-tourney recently.

Declarer made 11 tricks without breathing hard. How would you bid this?

Using the lesson above, the bidding should go -

         1
1NT      2
2!
...

2!S = the "impossible major" = good raise with values in spades.

It will be a cinch now to get to game in clubs!



A strange occurrence at another table: NORTH opened 1 and East bid the unusual 2NT for the minors. After West selected clubs, he was propelled to 5. Played by West, 12 tricks are cold!