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Strong Opening Bids

with Tina McVeigh

This lesson is about what to bid with 20+ HCP. Watch the video to learn:

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

Beginners' Course Standard - Strong Opening Bids in Bridge

What do you open with the following hands?

♠KQ3 AJ98 K7 ♣AK4

1
1NT
2♣
2NT
2NT – show your balanced 20-22

What do you open with the following hands?

♠8AKQJ6 AKJ63 A8 ♣4

1
1NT
2♣
2NT
2♣ - you have 20+ and want to go to game. Bid spades with your next bid.

What do you open with the following hands?

♠AAK3 KQ76 QT865 ♣AQ3

1
1NT
2♣
2NT
2NT – a balanced 20-22. You can have a 5-card minor in a balanced hand

What do you open with the following hands?

♠Q953 KQ96 AJ4 ♣AK

1
1NT
2♣
2NT
1 - you are not strong enough to open at the 2-level

Partner opens 2♣ - what is your response?

♠Q8 AJ32 J753 ♣K4

2♣
2
2
2NT
2NT – showing a balnced hand and 8+ hcp. If you bid 2 , you show a 5-card suit.

Partner opens 2♣ - what is your response?

♠98 AQ9742 953 ♣T2

2♣
2
2
2NT
2 - you have less than 8 hcp so you can’t bid hearts yet. Tell partner that you have a weak hand. Bid hearts at your next turn.

Partner opens 2NT - what is your response?

♠J87432 765 AJ7 ♣65

3♠
3NT
4♠
4♠ . You have enough for game after partner has shown - 20-22. You also have a fit as partner must have at least two spades.

Partner opens 2NT - what is your response?

♠A62 JT42 987 ♣874

3
3♠
3NT
4
4♠
3NT – Balanced and enough for game.

In a comment below, explain in your own words the difference between a 2NT opening bid and a 2♣ opening bid.

Comments

Santopdown
The hand in the third question has too many cards (♠AAK3 ♥KQ76 ♦QT865 ♣AQ3)
Newbridger3
2NT shows that you have exactly 20-22 HCPs and a balanced hand (even if you have 5-card suit in a minor). 2club opening bid means you have 20+ points and your hand is not balanced. 2NT is non-forcing bid; 2clubs is a forcing bid to game.
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