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Responder's limit bids

with Tina McVeigh

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

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 Standard - Responder's limit bids in Bridge

Responder's limit bids

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

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠874 64 K862 ♣J654

Pass
1NT
2
2NT
3
3NT
4
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 has shown 5 hearts and you have 3 so that constitutes a fit.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠AJ7 J8 KJ64 ♣KQ62

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

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 notrumps. 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, even if you have a fit.

Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠643 KQ65 T9 ♣K975

Pass
1NT
2
2NT
3
3NT
4
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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