M J Bridge

Theory and Conventions



Assessing the hand

When you first picked up your hand and sorted it you probably started to assess it in terms of whether or not you had enough to open the bidding.

Now that partner has started the ball rolling you must reassess the potential of your hand.

This assessment (or reevaluation) will differ according to whether partner opened with a weak bid, a standard opening bid, or a strong bid.

It will also differ according to whether partner opened with a bid in no trumps, a bid in a major, or a bid in a minor.

The next step in assessing your hand is therefore considered separately according to partner’s specific opening bid.

Follow this link to the page ‘Responder’s first bid’ and then follow the links to the pages dealing with partner’s specific opening bid.

Beginner and above

Opener’s first bid

This page added 18th June 2017

Context  -  Responder’s first bid