Play Bridge | 14 03 2017 | Hand 34 | ♠2 ♥KQ96 ♦KJ864 ♣K83
March 14, 2017
Play Bridge | 14 03 2017 | Hand 31 | ♠AQ87652 ♥T ♦2 ♣KQ83
March 15, 2017

Simple and Sweet 1NT Response – Sky Bridge Club

Bidding notrumps often shows a balanced hand, but not always. A response of 1NT to a suit opening doesn’t need to be balanced, it just shows about 6-9 points and tells partner you don’t have a suit that you can bid at the 1-level. In fact, you can respond 1NT on some quite unbalanced hands! Better to do that than bid a new suit at the 2 level and get too high.

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  1. Bidding notrumps often shows a balanced hand, but not always. A response of 1NT to a suit opening doesn’t need to be balanced, it just shows about 6-9 points and tells partner you don’t have a suit that you can bid at the 1-level. In fact, you can respond 1NT on some quite unbalanced hands! Better to do that than bid a new suit at the 2 level and get too high.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  2. Bid 5 diamonds & went only 1 light.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 2 P 3
    P 5 P P
    P

  3. Profile photo of louie2 louie2 says:

    I only bid 2H thought my hand was to weak

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  4. Profile photo of trump trump says:

    Ended up in 3h, was a bit worried, especially when I realised E had so many, but just made it!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 2N
    P 3 P P
    P

  5. Profile photo of terrypause terrypause says:

    just made 2 hearts.. didnt play them well though
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  6. Profile photo of valeriejoan valeriejoan says:

    I can make three…..how did some people make 4?

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  7. Profile photo of macdonald macdonald says:

    Contract 3H. Made 9 tricks.

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  8. Profile photo of susankh susankh says:

    I made 4H because West did not play the Ace of Clubs on first round of clubs. Then my 8 D was good at the end. Lost AK Hearts and A Spades only.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  9. Profile photo of ennasarp ennasarp says:

    Responded to 1 Heart with 1 Diamond and raised 2 Hearts to 4 on second attempt. Spade lead won by Ave Of West, won second spade with North’s King, ruffed remaining spade and led small club from South. West didn’t take with the ace, without realising North’s single turn. Gave away only two more hearts for Ace and King. Would have been down if West scored Club Ace on first round. Could not have bid 4 Hearts with a solitary snap heart and distribution, but did so only on second attempt.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  10. Profile photo of nelle nelle says:

    I passed should have bid 1NT. The opponents made 3C. Saaaaaad.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P P
    1 P 2 P
    P P

  11. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Bad bid bad play bottom!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  12. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Replay made 2H—
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 2 P P
    P

  13. Profile photo of laura89 laura89 says:

    Nelle I did the same thing but thought long and hard about bidding 1nt which is my usual style but being so short in both majors I thought my partner would be better off in the heart suit . Oh well so much for overthinking
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P P
    1 P 2 P
    P P

  14. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    I responded 1 NT to N’s bid of 1 H. With only 7 points,to me this is the only bid. We made 2 H as N passed.!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  15. Profile photo of nevillet nevillet says:

    We made it, I could not see responding to my partner’s 2H with anything but with pass… Especially since I responded 1N first…
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  16. Made 2 hearts with 1 over. Just time for a few hands before supper. Another good day in the garden.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 2 P P
    P

  17. Profile photo of wandad wandad says:

    The best I coan do is 9 tricks. How should I play?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  18. Profile photo of russellj russellj says:

    Made 8 tricks third time around!!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  19. Profile photo of rajika rajika says:

    My poor computer partner understood me very well, didnt go high, we were left at 2 H, that was lucky… and made 8 Tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 2 P P
    P

  20. Profile photo of squarepeg61 squarepeg61 says:

    Finally made nine tricks in 3H


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  21. Profile photo of miriam miriam says:

    Happy to make 9 tricks first time
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 2 P P
    P

  22. Profile photo of amsadl amsadl says:

    Took me several attempts to get 2H. Had to hold up the KS and lose 2 rounds of spades
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  23. Profile photo of evereece evereece says:

    I was all over the map with this one. Did my best playing North and bidding two Hearts and getting four Hearts every time! When I did bid four Hearts…jumping my partners opening of 1 H…I only made 3! So crazy. With the strong North hand as dummy…it was a lot harder…not sure why. Fun hand!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

  24. Profile photo of rhudon rhudon says:

    Ouch!

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 2 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  25. Profile photo of delta delta says:

    Made 8
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  26. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    I liked the video and it confirmed my bidding one no trump when you have 6-9 points and not in a major suit.! That is what I usually bid in response to an opened in H or S. We stopped at 2 H. I only had one H in the South hand and I used it to ruff a spade. We made 4 H and I got a 1/1 Rank. Hallelujah!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  27. Profile photo of katerina katerina says:

    Bid 3 hearts and made
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 3
    P 3 P P
    P

  28. Profile photo of mcbradford mcbradford says:

    I thought my INT response to 1 Heart opening would deny support for partner as well as the other major and show a hand of 6 – 9 points so I was surprised that partner bid on. I had no other bid so passed. As it happened I made 9 tricks. Good hand to play.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  29. 2 hearts bid & made. Will try the hand in diamonds.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  30. Profile photo of jlmeyers jlmeyers says:

    jlmeye

    Tried the 1NT response. It worked. We bid and made 2 H. Did some cross ruffing and then EW did us the favor of pulling trump (they had the high honors.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  31. Profile photo of rogerayre rogerayre says:

    I know I do not have the points to bid 2clubs, but with only a singleton heart and only 2 spades felt I had to bid 2 clubs. Finished in 2 hearts making 10 against bad defence!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

  32. Profile photo of rogerayre rogerayre says:

    Having now watched the video I think I would another time bid 1NT. It does look the best bed.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

  33. Profile photo of davstevens davstevens says:

    Way too weak to bid 2C or 2D, so I responded 1N. When my partner rebid 2H, showing 6, I gladly passed what seemed to be a misfit. I lost the Ace of clubs, a diamond, no spades, and three hearts when East showed up with 5 hearts to the AK. Better defense would have removed the trump from South before North could ruff a spade. As it is I think I misplayed the hand when I let West ruff with a small trump. If the 9 of hearts had not dropped singleton from West I would have been in more trouble, but I was lucky.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  34. Profile photo of ivam ivam says:

    Made the 2H,s. Lots of jockeying with the lopsided distribution, but fun.


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  35. Profile photo of hlabreche hlabreche says:

    no use competing on this one…nowhere to go…looks like a good misfit..so left partner in 2H. Making!

  36. Profile photo of anguss anguss says:

    Bid 2 hearts after responding with 1NT .
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  37. Profile photo of cacho cacho says:

    weak hand is better to stay in 2h
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  38. Profile photo of bengee bengee says:

    Most play .Weak Twos.Why is this ?

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