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R-BR 8.1 - Suit Responses after a 1 NT Opening
The 1NT Opening bid (showing . . . . . . . pts and a . . . . . . . . . . . hand) and the various NT responses were discussed in Lesson 6.
Suit Responses to a 1NT Opening show . . . . . . . . . . . . and . . . . . . . . . . . . . hands and are straight forward.
Here follow some examples.
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Hand 1
Your Partner opened 1NT.
You are the Responder with . . . . . . . . . . . . . hand and a . . . . . card . . . . . . . suit.
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  • Opener has a balanced hand and therefore must have at least . . . . cards in your Spade suit (a . . . . . . . . . . . . . ).
    This means that you have a . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Counting . . . . . . . . . . . . . your hand is now worth . . . . points. Together you hold therefore between . . . . . and . . . . . points. Bid therefore . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Hand 2
Your Partner opened 1NT.
You are the Responder with . . . . . . . . . . . . . hand and a . . . . card . . . . . . . suit.
br0802
  • Opener has a . . . . . . . . . . . . . hand and therefore must have at least . . . . cards in your Spade suit (a . . . . . . . . . . . . . ).
    However for a trump fit in Spades you need . . . .card support (5 + 3 = 8 Spades).
  • In this case you respond : . . . . . .
    This conveys to the Opener the following message:
    • Partner we have enough points for . . . . . . . ., and you . . . . . . . . . . . . . until a . . . . contract is reached.
    • I have a . . . . card Spade suit, therefore reply . . . . . . . with . . . . card trump support or bid . . . . . . . when holding only a Spade . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Case 2a
Here a typical . . . . . . . . . . combination involving Hand 2 (above)
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  1. North opens : 1NT
  2. South responds : . . . . . .
  3. North, with . . . . . . . . . . support replies : . . . . . .
Case 2b
Here a typical . . . . . . . . . . combination involving Hand 2 (above)
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  1. North opens : 1NT
  2. South responds : . . . . . .
  3. North, with only a . . . . . . . . . . . . in . . . . . . . replies : . . . . . .
Hand 3
Your Partner opened 1NT.
You are the Responder with a . . . . . . . . . . . . . hand and a . . . . card . . . . . . suit.
br0805
  • With a . . . . . . . . . . . . hand and a . . . . card or longer . . . . . . . suit, prefer to respond with the . . . . . . . . . . rather than bidding . . . . . .
  • In this case respond : . . . . . .

  • Opener will reply . . . . . . . with . . . . card . . . . . . support, or bid . . . . . with only a . . . . . . . . . . .
Hand 4
Your Partner opened 1NT.
You are the Responder with . . . . . . . . . . . . hand and a . . . . card . . . . . . suit.
br0806
  • With a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and a . . . . card or longer . . . . . . . . suit, prefer to respond with the . . . . . . rather than bidding . . . . . . . . ..
  • In this case respond : . . . . . .
Here is a Diagram showing the 1NT Opening bid and the various suit responses. Write the correct points ranges on the dotted lines.
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As a responder with 15 or more points and a . . . . card suit bid . . . . of your suit first, then, after opener's response, raise opener's bid to 5 (with . . . - . . .) or to 6 (with . . . - . . . ) as appropriate. R-BR 8.2 - The Rescue Bid
Rescue bids are Responses after a 1NT Opening bid.
They show . . . . . . . . . . . . hands with only . . . - . . . points.
Opener must . . . . . after a Rescue bid !
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Answer
Here follow two examples.
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Hand 5
Your Partner opened 1NT.
You are the Responder with . . . . . . . . . . . . . hand and . . . Hearts.
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Respond : . . . . . . . .    
Your bid is a . . . . . . . . bid. Opener must . . . . . . .
Answer
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Hand 6
Your Partner opened 1NT.
You are the Responder with . . . . . . . . . . . . hand and . . . . . . . . . .
br0810
Respond : . . . . . . . .     Your bid is a . . . . . . . . bid. Opener must . . . . . . .
Answer
R-BR 8.3 - The Stayman Convention
After an Opening bid of 1NT a Response of . . . . . is the Stayman Convention. It shows . . . . points, at least one . . . . . . . . . . suit, and asks Opener to bid his . . . . . . . . . . . . suit.
Opener's replies are :
  1. 2D - with . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  2. 2H - with . . . . . . . . . . . . . . or . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  3. 2S - with . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Answer
Here are two typical examples.
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Hand 7
Your Partner opened 1NT.
You are the Responder with Hand 7.
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You have . . . . points, are . . . . . . . . . . . . with . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   You respond with . . . . . . . Answer
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Case 7a
North opens with 1NT.
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  • South responds with . . . . . . .
  • North replies with . . . . . . .
  • South, now with . . . . . points, bids . . . . . . .

Answer
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Case 7b
North opens with 1NT.
br0814
  • South responds with . . . . . . .
  • North replies with . . . . . . .
  • South, now with . . . . . points, bids . . . . . . .

Answer
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Hand 8
Your Partner opened 1NT.
You are the Responder with Hand 8.
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  • South responds with . . . . . . .
  • North replies with . . . . . . .
  • South, now with . . . . . points, bids . . . . . . .
Answer
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Case 8a
North opens 1NT.
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  • South responds with . . . . . . .
  • North replies with . . . . . . .
  • South, now with . . . . . points, bids . . . . . . .
Answer
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Case 8b
North opens 1NT.
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  • South responds with . . . . . . .
  • North replies with . . . . . . .
  • South, now with . . . . . points, bids . . . . . . .
Some general points :
  1. The Stayman Convention can also be used for . . . . . . . . . . . . .hands
    and even with balanced . . . - . . . - . . . - . . . distributions.
  2. After a 2NT Opening - a . . . . . Response is also Stayman.
  3. If you use Stayman , the weak . . . . . . . . . . can only be made for Diamonds, Hearts and Spades!
Answer
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R-BR 8.4 - Signals by the Defence
When a Defender is not required to play a high card to a trick he can take that opportunity to send a signal to his Partner.
This happens especially on the opening lead.
For example in a 3NT contract Partner makes the opening lead with the Queen of Clubs. The lead is obviously the . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dummy plays low from three small cards in the suit and you hold K   7   2
By playing the . . . . . . in stead of the . . . . . , an . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , you encourage Partner to continue to lead that suit and signal to him that . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . in the suit.
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