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When you are responding, when should you jump a level higher?

HappyBug asked us to talk about when to use jump bids and jump shift bids. Thank you for the fantastic question, HappyBug! This is an important question for partnerships to discuss to make sure they are on the same page. How many points to you need to jump a level with your response?

Watch the video to hear Graeme explain what these bids are and when you might want to bid a jump bid or a jump shift bid.

Watch the video

In this hand, partner opens the bidding, East overcalls, and we have to respond how to respond. We have a nice spade suit and a good hand. Is this a hand you would want to bid 1♠ or jump a level and bid 2♠?

Jump shift bid in Bridge

This is also a fun hand to play. 12 tricks are possible playing in 3NT if you plan how you can get back and forth between the hands. How did you manage?

After partner opens 1 and East overcalls 1, how do you respond?

Bid 1♠
Bid 2♠
Something else
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As you play the daily hands, let us know if you find other hands you might consider making a jump bid.


I would jump to 2 spades . I have 13 pts part must have 12 = 25 but I do not know if part has any spades?
I would not jump with only a 5 card suit and 13 points unless my 5 card suit is what they opened.
I would only jump shift in response with 16 points or more (and probably a good suit)
PAWS says:
3NT but only made 11 tricks
Bajir says:
Thank you again @happybug for sending in the question!
CAF says:
I jumped tp 2S then partners responses were unexpected and we ended in 4NT, only made 10 tricks and 430 points
almac says:
I had a regular partner when I was at school 60years ago! When we made a jump shift bit, we were saying that we had a good hand with good support for partners opening bid. It was 2 bids in one. eg, He opens a heart and I have 4 to the king, opponents follow with 1 spade. I have 15 points, a singleton spade and 6 clubs to ace , king ,jack. I bid 3 clubs, indicating I have good support for partners hearts but also very strong clubs. over to him.
Nelle says:
I made 11. Tricks in 3 NT I enjoyed the lesson.
cadbury says:
When partner bid clubs after my 2 spade I bid 3 NT which I madr
zeke10077 says:
I know that this wasn't what this was about, but I choose to make a negative takeout in this situation, of which partner responded 5C. I have no clue why he did this, but I made the contract.
Flint says:
I though 2 spades was too obvious.
katfraley says:
With 2 opening hands, game is somewhere. I’d bid 2 spades and explore from there.
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