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Responder's limit bids

with Tina McVeigh

In this lesson, Tina will teach you about limit bids.

Bids that show a precise number of points are called "limit" bids. Limit bids are very important because they enable the opener to calculate the combined strength of a hand.

You make a limit bid anytime you bid:

After you watch the video, go ahead and try playing these lesson hands. Hints will guide you through the auctions.

Beginners' Course Acol - Responder's limit bids in Bridge

Responder's limit bids

Review what you've learned by answering the question below.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠AQ5 J976 76 ♣A876

Pass
1NT
2
2NT
3
3NT
4
3 You're not strong enough to go to game, but you should bid 3 to show 10-12 points and 4-card heart support..

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠874 64 K862 ♣J654

Pass
3NT
4
4
6
Pass. You have only 4 HCP and you need a minimum of 6 to respond to partner’s opening bid.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠32 KQ875 AJ7 ♣AT7

Pass
1NT
2
2NT
3
3NT
4
4. With 13 (or more) HCP and a fit you should bid game in partner’s suit.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠AJ7 J86 KJ64 ♣KQ2

Pass
1NT
2
2NT
3
3NT
4
3NT. With 13 (or more) HCP and no fit you should bid game in no trumps.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠QJ9 87 K754 ♣QT32

Pass
1NT
2
2NT
3
3NT
4
1NT. You do not have enough for game but with 6+ HCP you must keep the bidding open. Without a fit for partner bid no trumps. 1NT shows a minimum hand.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠T3 Q963 97642 ♣43

Pass
1NT
2
2NT
3
3NT
4
Pass. You need at least 6 HCP to respond to partner’s opening bid.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠643 KQ65 T9 ♣K975

Pass
1NT
2
2NT
3
3NT
2. You do not have enough for game but with 6+ HCP you must keep the bidding open. With a fit for partner raise the opening bid. A single raise shows a minimum hand.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠865 AJT86 64 ♣KQJ

Pass
1NT
2
2NT
3
3NT
4
3. With a fit for partner raise the opening bid. You have nearly enough for game so you invite partner to go on with more than a minimum. A double raise shows close to game and a fit.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠AJ9 Q97 K843 ♣JT9

Pass
1NT
2
2NT
3
3NT
4
2NT. You have nearly enough for game but no fit. 2NT shows this.

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