Main Bidding Guide 2Z05 by Richard Pavlicek
|With a balanced hand|
|13-15 HCP||open 1 of a suit||N|
|16-18 HCP||open 1 NT||N|
|19-20 HCP||open 1 of a suit||N|
|21-22 HCP||open 2 NT||N|
|23-24 HCP||open 2||F|
|25-26 HCP||open 3 NT||N|
|27+ HCP||open 2||F|
|With any hand|
|13-22 points||open 1 of a suit||N|
|23+ points||open 2||F|
Experienced players often lower these ranges to 12-14, 15-17, 18-19 and 20-22, respectively. The point-count requirement for responses, however, does not change the bottom line is that you sometimes get to a more aggressive contract; hence you need to play the cards well.
With less than 14 total points you should have at least 2 quick tricks (AK = 2, AQ = 1 1/2, A = 1, KQ = 1, K = 1/2).
In third or fourth seat you may open with 11 or more points (no quick-trick requirement). When opening light in third seat it is desirable to have a good suit; in fourth seat it is desirable to have length in the major suits, especially spades.
|When opening with one of a suit, if you have|
|a 5+ card suit||bid your longest suit|
|5-5 or 6-6 shape||bid higher suit|
|no 5+ card suit||bid longer minor|
|4-4 in the minors||bid 1|
|3-3 in the minors||bid stronger minor|
© 2013 Richard Pavlicek