M J Bridge

Theory and Conventions



Responder’s first bid

Partner has opened -

your right-hand opponent may or may not have intervened -

and now it is up you.

You are the director for the next move.

First you must reevaluate your hand.  High card points and shape are of course important, just as they were when you were considering an opening bid - but the shape will now have more significance in the light of what you have learned about your partner’s hand and possibly that of one of your opponents as well.

In the pages on on responding to partner’s one of a suit I will look at a further valuable method of hand evaluation.

Then you must chart your route.

Sometimes your destination will be clear and you will plot a route to it accordingly.

More often you will need to know more about partner’s hand before coming to a decision.  On such occasions you will start with some sort of forcing bid as you strive to elicit more information about partner’s hand.

But both your evaluation and your planned route will depend on partner’s choice of opening bid.

Follow the links on the left to find out more about both hand-evaluation and the choice of possible bids specific to the context

Beginner and above

Opener’s first bid

Context  -  Acol bidding.