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Limit Bids

Limit Bids

Limit bids are an important part of both the Acol and Standard systems. These bids show a specific type of shape, and guarantee a certain number of HCP.
The two main types of limit bids are:

  • notrump bids.
  • same suit bids – a suit that has been bid before by either player.

Opener’s Limit Bids

Opener bids notrumps

Acol
12-14 HCP – open 1NT
15-17 HCP – rebid notrumps at a minimum level
18-19 HCP – jump rebid in notrumps

Standard
15-17 HCP – open 1NT
12-14 HCP – rebid 1NT
18-19 HCP – jump rebid in notrumps

Opener rebids first suit

1 1
2
Minimum Rebid = 12-15 HCP

1 1
3
Jump Rebid = 16-18 HCP

Opener supports responder’s suit = 12-15 HCP

1 1
2
Minimum Rebid = 12-15 HCP

1 1
3
Jump Rebid = 16-18 HCP

Responder’s limit bids

Responder supports partner’s suit

1 2
Simple Raise = 6-9 HCP

1 3
Jump Raise = 10-12 HCP

1 4
Jump to game = 13+ or long trumps, a shortage and 6-9 HCP

Responder bids notrumps

1 1NT
Minimum NT response = 6-9 HCP

1 2NT
Invitation to game in NT = 10-12 HCP

1 3NT
Jump to game in NT = 13-15 HCP

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