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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.

Question 1: 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 HCP and 3-card heart support.

Question 2: 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.

Question 3: Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠32 KQ875 AJ7 ♣AT7

Pass
1NT
2
2NT
3
3NT
4
4 - With 13+ HCP and a fit you should bid game in partner’s suit.

Question 4: Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠AJ7 J86 KJ64 ♣KQ2

Pass
1
1NT
2
3NT
4
You are too strong to bid 4 directly as you don't have a great trump fit and shortages outside. You should bid 2 first, which is forcing, and then bid 4. Partner will then know that you have opening values.

Question 5: 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.

Question 6: 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.

Question 7: 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 of 6-9 HCP.

Question 8: 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 invite partner to bid it. A jump raise shows 10-12 HCP and a fit.

Question 9: Partner opens 1. What is your response?

♠AJ9 Q9 K843 ♣JT97

Pass
1NT
2
2NT
3
3NT
4
2NT - You have nearly enough for game but no fit. 2NT shows 10-12 HCP.

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DonSchoen
DonSchoen says:
Good questions covering various options
maretchek
maretchek says:
Nice and useful
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