Tuesday, October 15, 2013
How To Use 1 NT Forcing
Use it only after a major opening bid. 1 NT is not forcing after a minor opening:
North South North South
1♥ 1 NT 1♦ 1 NT
*North must make *North may pass with a
another bid. balanced minimum hand.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
While you weren’t looking, Standard American became a dinosaur. 4-card major openings were replaced with 5-cards; 1 NT can now be opened holding a 5-card major and a worthless doubleton; weak 2’s replaced strong 2’s, and on and on. But the loudest crash is the fall of the non-forcing 1 NT response to a major and its kissing cousin, 2-over-1 (2/1) as forcing only one round. Now, 1 NT is forcing and 2/1 is forcing to game.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
You must be in the right position for this to work:
♠ 5 4 LHO Partner RHO You
♥ 8 7 5 2♣ Pass 2♦ Pass
♦ J 9 6
♣ A Q J 9 4
You want a club lead, but are in the wrong position to ask for it. If you double, you’d be indicating a diamond suit. And if you bid 3♣, you’re asking for trouble!