Friday, August 19, 2011

Responder's rebid after a 1NT response

Before the bridge game last night, Joel and I were debating about what to do with the following hand:

xxx, Jx, KTxx, AJxx.

Partner opens 1H and you bid 1NT as a passed hand, semi-forcing, and opener rebids 2. What's your call? There are clearly 3 options: pass, 2, and 3. If you weren't a passed hand and 1NT was forcing, I think 2 is clear because if offers the most flexibility and opener often has only 3 clubs. 3 is kind of al ight invitation because you have 2 available as a good invitation in clubs. When the 1NT response is semi-forcing or non-forcing, the likelihood of partner having only 3 clubs is now pretty much 0, so raising clubs looks more attractive. He could easily have some 16 or 17-count so that 3NT or 5 or 4 cold, so you have to keep it open, but is it really a good enough to make a forward-going bid like 3?


This hand came up at the Columbia sectional a couple of weeks ago. In that case I was a passed hand and raised to 3. I felt slightly shady doing it, in light of partner's long hesitation before bidding 2, but I knew the opponents were weak, and partner well could have been thinking about passing, which would make 3 less attractive. Partner's next bid was 3 and I had an easy raise to 4. He was 1-6-2-4 with 16 hcp, I think.


Last night, Joel and I had a similar auction: 1-1-2-3-3-4-6. I held:

Axxx,x,KT9x, Jxxx, so I had a very minimal raise to 3D. There are just too many hands where game is cold opposite a hand partner would rebid 2D on. It was actually a good slam that happened to go down because my LHO overruffed hearts twice. Joel's hand:

x, AQJxxx, A8xxx, A


Middle Georgia people don't bid 23 point slams so needless to say, down 1 was a zero.


  1. Yes, I wonder how good a board 5D would be, given that 3NT is pretty poor. It sucks to be in slam down one when most pairs are in partscores.

  2. Yep. Well 5D making 5 would have been just average. It looks like half the field played a diamond partial and half played 4H making.