Opening 1NT

with Tina McVeigh

Opening 1NT is a very helpful and specific bid. In the Standard system, it means you have 15-17 HCP and a balanced hand.

Watch the video to learn about:

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

Beginners' Course Standard - Openings 1NT in Bridge

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

Choose your opening bid.

♠KQ6 AT87 Q732 ♣A7

Pass
1♣
1
1
1♠
1NT
1NT - you have 15-17 HCP and a balanced hand

Choose your opening bid.

♠87 KQ5 Q983 ♣AQ84

Pass
1♣
1
1
1♠
1NT
1 - with 13 HCP and no 5-card major, open your best minor.

Choose your opening bid.

♠AJ693 AT3 A54 ♣64

Pass
1♣
1
1
1♠
1NT
1♠- 13 HCP and a five card major, open 1♠.

Choose your opening bid.

♠A9 AJT73 K76 ♣962

Pass
1♣
1
1
1♠
1NT
1 - Bid your longest suit

Choose your opening bid.

♠A9863 AKQT 64 ♣32

Pass
1♣
1
1
1♠
1NT
1♠ - Open your longest suit

Choose your opening bid.

♠K7 Q87 !AQJT8 !K52

Pass
1♣
1
1
1♠
1NT
1NT - 15 - 17 HCP and a balanced hand.

What do you respond if partner opens 1NT?

♠K76 JT87 Q732 ♣87

Pass
2♣
2
2
2♠
2NT
Pass

What do you respond if partner opens 1?

♠K76 JT87 Q732 ♣87

Pass
1NT
2
3
3NT
2

Explain in your own words the difference between a 1NT opening bid and a 1 opening bid.

1 promises anywhere between 12 & 19 points. It also could be any shape. All you know is that there are at least 5 hearts.

1NT is a balanced hand with 15-17 points and is much more specific.


Why do you always pass as responder after partner’s 1NT opening, when you have a balanced hand and 7 HCP?
Because 1NT has 17 HCP at the most so there cannot be enough for game.

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