M J Bridge
Beginner and above
Invitational but limited
This bid will be limited in as much as there will be a stronger bid available which covers the game-
2♣ as played in standard Benji or 2♦ in reverse Benji are the best known examples of this type of bid.
Such a bid will normally show either a strong single-
This opening bid will be forcing for one round, and will promise a further bid, but that is all in the first instance.
Typically, you will open 2♣ and partner will make a relay response such as 2♦.
You will then rebid in your suit with the single-
A clear eight and half playing tricks on my count in a strong hand.
You will rebid a non-
A K 8 7 4 2
A K 4
You have a clear eight and a half playing tricks according to most common-
This hand is not strong enough to open 2♣.
Open 4♥ (unless you have a 4♣ ‘Namyats’ bid in your armoury).
A K J 8 7 5 2
K Q J
8 6 4
If you happen to hold a hand worth eight and a half playing tricks but which does not satisfy the requirements for a strong opening then consider opening at the four-
You will have noticed that two-
By all means include them in the bid and include a second negative option for responder.
Alternatively, and probably better, if you happen to hold 5-
The balanced hand
The range for the balanced hand will be one which fits alongside the other routes available. If for example an opening bid of 2NT promises twenty to twenty two points then this artificial strong bid followed by a rebid in no trumps will typically show a balanced hand of twenty three or twenty four points.
No trump ranges
There is considerable scope for individual partnership agreements on how the various point-
For a discussion of some of the possible alternatives follow ‘opening a strong 2NT’.
This page last revised 8th Jul 2019
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