Sunday, January 19, 2014

2-Over-1: Major Suit Raises – Part Four


With 13-16 Points and 4-Card Support

Many advocates of the 2/1 system use the "Jacoby 2 NT Forcing Raise" and "Splinter Raises". 

Jacoby 2 NT Forcing Raise:
• 4+ card support
• 13+ support points
• no void, no singleton

Sunday, January 12, 2014

2-Over-1: Major Suit Raises – Part Three


With 13 to 16 points and 3-card support, first bid 2 in a new suit, then support opener’s major:

North:
♠ Q J 8                  South       North
A 3                    1♠             2
K Q 5 3 2           2 NT        3♠
♣ J 7 6 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2-Over-1: Major Suit Raises – Part Two


Responder Has 3- or 4-Card Support

With 11-12 points and 3-card support, first bid 1 NT then jump in opener’s major:

North:
♠ A 6 4              South         North
K 8                1♠               1 NT
8 4 3 2            2               3♠
♣ K J 7 6

Sunday, December 29, 2013

2-Over-1: Major Suit Raises – Part One


Responder Has 3- or 4-Card Support

If you use 1 NT Forcing, you now have a superb method of pinpointing your major suit support for opener. 
With weak responses you can show raises that are "very weak" (5 to 7 points) or "constructive" (8 to 10 points). With 11+ points, you can pinpoint 3-card or 4-card support.

These goodies are available to responder by bidding according to these guides:

With 5 to 7 points, first bid 1 NT then bid two in opener’s major:

North:
♠ A J 9               South        North
8 7 3               1♥             1 NT
9 8 6 5 4          2♣            2
♣ 8 5  

North’s "raise" shows either 3-card support with a dreadful point count — 
5 to 7 — or just 2-card support with 6 to 10 points. It doesn’t matter which it is, it is bad news either way:

North:
♠ 8 5                  South        North
6 2                  1♠             1 NT
K J 8 7 6         2♥             2♠
♣ K 4 3 2

With 8 to 10 points and 3+ card support, raise opener’s major immediately:
(This is a "Constructive Raise")

North:
♠ 9 7 6                South       North
A J 6               1♥             2
8 5  
♣ Q J 9 8 7

North shows a better point count than bidding 1 NT and then raising. North may have 3 or 4+ card support.

Stay tuned for Part Two!

©2013 Roberta Salob

Sunday, December 22, 2013

2-Over-1: Responder’s Second Bid After 1 NT – Part Two


Pass opener in his second suit:

North:
♠ 8                   South         North
A Q 8 7        1♠               1 NT
6 5 3 2          2               Pass
♣ 9 7 6 5

Sunday, December 15, 2013

2-Over-1: Responder’s Second Bid After 1 NT – Part One


Responder Has Less Than 3-Card Support

If partner opened in a major and you responded 1 NT, it will be assumed you have less than 3-card support. For exceptions, see upcoming post: Major Suit Raises.

If you have a 6+ card suit, bid it:
(a strong 5+ card suit may be bid on the 2-level)

North:
♠ 3                        South         North
Q J 9 7 6 5       1♠               1 NT
K 7 6                2               2
♣ 8 5 4                Pass

Sunday, December 8, 2013

2-Over-1: Opener’s Second Bid After 1 NT – Part Two


With only a 5-card major and 12-14 points, bid a second suit, even if it is only a 3-card(!) minor:

South
♠ K 8 7                   South      North
K Q 8 5 4           1           1 NT
7 6                      2♣
♣ K Q 4