Bridge Tips No 2.
The basic ACOL responses to an opening bid of 1NT are:
2C = Stayman
2D, 2H and 2S are weak take-outs and must be passed by opener
2N is a balanced game-try showing 11 – 12 points
3C and 3D are slam-tries with a five card or longer suit and 19+ points
3H and 3S are game-forcing with a five card or longer suit and 13+ points
But what about the following hand which occurred on Tue 11 Nov?
T943 When E opens 1NT, S has no sensible bid available,
T54 Dlr: E best to pass and defend.
K872 Vul: Both W has a problem. If he bids 2H, opener will pass and
92 a game may be missed. If he bids 3H, E is forced to
A65 Q8 bid 3N or 4H which will probably be too much if E has
QJ632 A97 two small hearts or only 12 points.
AT4 QJ3 The answer is for W to first bid 2C and then, whatever
43 K8765 E responds, bid 3H.
KJ72 Of course, E will take the 2C bid as Stayman and will
3 K8 respond accordingly but, when W now bids 3H (or 3S
11 12 965 if spades is his suit), will realise the kind of hand W
14 AQJT has and will bid accordingly. .