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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 Acol - Strong Opening Bids in Bridge

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

What do you open with the following hands?

Question 1: ♠KQ3 AJ98 K87 ♣AK4

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

What do you open with the following hands?

Question 2: ♠AKQJ6 AKJ63 A8 ♣4

1
1NT
2♣
2NT
2♣ - You have 20+ HCP and want to go to game. Bid spades, your higher 5-card suit. If you are able, bid hearts after that.

Question 3: What do you open with the following hands?

♠AK KQ6 QT985 ♣AQ3

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

Question 4: 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.

Question 5: Partner opens 2♣ - what is your response?

♠Q98 A932 J753 ♣K4

2♣
2
2
2NT
2NT – Showing a balanced hand and 8+ HCP. If you bid 2, you show a 5-card suit.

Question 6: 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 and bid hearts at your next turn.

Question 7: Partner opens 2NT - what is your response?

♠J87432 76 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.

Question 8: Partner opens 2NT - what is your response?

♠A62 JT42 987 ♣874

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

Question 9: Partner opens 2NT - what is your response?

♠Q62 JT42 987 ♣874

Pass
3
3♠
3NT
4
4♠
Pass – Partner's 2NT is not forcing and you do not have enough for game.

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

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Comments

bfdrury
bfdrury says:
2NT 20-22HCP balanced, not forcing.
2 Clubs 20-22 HCP, not balanced, or 23+ HCP balanced, both forcing to game.
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