### Lesson 3 - Responders Limit Bidsx

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Prepared by Amanda Smith
Lesson Three
Responder’s Limit Bids
Ranking of the Suits
No Trumps
Hearts
Diamonds
Clubs


MAJOR suits


MINOR suits
Finding a Fit
 A Fit is 8+ cards in one suit between the two
hands
 If there is a fit in a major suit, then this will be
the trump suit
 If there is no fit, then choose No Trumps
Basic Rules for Opening bids
 You must have enough High Card Points
12-19
Basic Rules for Responder’s bids
 You must have enough High Card Points
6
or more
½ the
amount of
points you
need to
open
Basic Rules for Responder’s bids
 Support partner’s suit
 Bid No Trumps … this is the bid of last resort
These are limit bids
… they are NOT FORCING
FIRST CHOICE: Support Partner’s suit
 Minimum (6-9) …
bid at the 2 level
 Nearly game (10-12) … bid at the 3 level
 Game (13+) …
bid at the Game level
These are limit bids … they are NOT FORCING
Partner Opens 1 … what do you bid
6 - 9 points … with a fit
Bid 2  … MINIMUM
Partner Opens 1 … what do you bid
10 – 12 points … with a fit
Bid 3 … CLOSE TO GAME
Partner Opens 1 … what do you bid
13+ points … with a fit
Bid 4 … GAME
SECOND CHOICE: Bid No Trumps
 Minimum (6-9) …
 Nearly game (10-12) …
 Game (13-15) …
bid 1NT
bid 2NT
bid 3NT
These are limit bids … they are NOT FORCING
Partner Opens 1 … what do you bid
No fit in hearts
with 6-9 points …. MUST bid 1NT
Partner Opens 1 … what do you bid
No fit in hearts
with 6-9 points …. MUST bid 1NT
Partner Opens 1 … what do you bid
No fit in hearts
with 10-12 points …. MUST bid 2NT
Opener’s REBID after a LIMIT bid
 There are 2 types of limit bids:
 Support partner’s suit
 Bid No Trumps … this is the bid of last resort
These are limit bids
… they are NOT FORCING
Opener’s REBID after a LIMIT bid
 There are 2 types of limit bids:
 Support partner’s suit
 Bid No Trumps … this is the bid of last resort
These are limit bids
… they are NOT FORCING
Opener’s REBID after 2 level (6-9) raise
OPENER
POSSIBLE
TOTAL PTS
Minimum
12 – 15
18 - 24
Close to Game
16 – 17
22 - 26
GAME
18 – 19
24 - 28
Opener’s REBID after 3 level raise
OPENER
POSSIBLE
TOTAL PTS
Close to Game
12 - 13
22 - 25
GAME
14 +
24 +
Minimum
Opener’s Rebid
Bid
2
Open 1
then
Open
PASS
1
Opener’s Rebid
Bid
2
Open 1
then
rebid
Open
1
3
Opener’s Rebid
Bid
3
Open 1
then
rebid
Open
1
4
Opener’s REBID after a 1NT response
 If Minimum
 Bid new suit if you can … OR
 Rebid your own suit (showing extra length)
DO NOT bid past your
original opening suit
Opener’s REBID after a 1NT response
 If Close to Game
 Bid new suit
 Rebid your own suit (to show 6+ cards) at
the 3 level
 Bid 2NT
Opener’s REBID after a 1NT response
 If enough for Game
 Bid new suit at the 2 level if
 Bid new suit at the 3 level
 Rebid your own suit (to show 6+
cards) at the 4 level
 Bid 3NT
Opener’s REBID after a 2NT response
 If Minimum
 PASS or
 Rebid your own suit (showing extra length)
DO NOT bid past your
original opening suit
Opener’s REBID after a 2NT response
 If enough for Game (14+)
 Bid new suit
 Rebid your own suit (to show
6+ cards) at the 4 level
 Bid 3NT
DEFENCE TIPS
TWO TYPES OF CONTRACT
Suit Contracts
OR
No Trump Contracts
DO
 Lead partner’s suit (if they have bid one)
 Lead TOP of a sequence
 Lead a singleton in a side suit
 Lead low (4th) from an honour (NOT AN ACE)
 Prefer a major over a minor
 Lead top of rubbish cards
Leads against a No Trump Contract
DO
 Lead partner’s suit (if they have bid one)
 Lead TOP of a sequence
 Lead low (4th) from an honour
 Prefer a major over a minor
 Lead top of rubbish cards
Top of a sequence
Partner has the Jack (and hopefully the 10
as well)
Partner does NOT have the King
Low from an honour
Partner has a King, Queen or Jack of hearts
Partner has at least 3 hearts
NOTE: If defending against No Trumps,
partner may also have the Ace of the suit
led
If leading against a suit contract … partner MAY have a singleton heart
Top of Rubbish
Partner has no honour cards in clubs
If leading against a suit contract … partner MAY have a singleton club
DO NOT
 DO NOT lead away from an Ace … NEVER EVER EVER!!!!
 DO NOT lead away from broken honour suits
 eg K J 9 2
 DO NOT lead singleton honour cards
 TRY NOT to lead suits bid by the opposition
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