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Rebids by Opener

When you open one of a suit and partner
responds in an unbid suit or 1 NT

After a One-Level Suit Response

West
1 C
 ? 
East
1 H

With 4+ card trump support
13-15 points 1raise to 2N
16-18 pointsraise to 3I
19+ pointsraise to 4N 2
With a balanced hand
13-15 HCP 3bid 1 NTN
19-20 HCPbid 2 NTI
With 4+ cards in an unbid suit
13-18 points 4bid suit at cheapest levelN
19+ pointsjump in suitF
With 6+ cards in your original suit
13-15 points 5bid 2 of your suitN
16-18 pointsbid 3 of your suitI
19+ points 6bid 4 of your suitN 2

1 On rare occasions you may raise to 2 H or 2 S with 3 trumps (at least Q-x-x) when no other rebid is attractive.

2 In the case of a minor (rare) this bid is forcing.

3 You also should not have a 4 card major suit that can be bid at the 1 level.

4 With 13-15 points you cannot bid an unbid suit beyond 2 of your original suit. This would be a “reverse bid” and it shows 16+ points. The modern treatment is that a reverse bid is forcing although the matter is controversial.

5 In rare cases you may rebid a 5 card suit if your suit is powerful (such as K-Q-J-10-x) or if your hand does not qualify for any other rebid.

6 Suit should be very strong if only 6 cards.

After a One-Notrump Response

West
1 H
 ? 
East
1 NT

With a balanced hand 7
13-15 pointspass
16-18 pointsbid 2 NTI
19+ pointsbid 3 NTN
Otherwise follow the preceding table

7 These actions may also be taken with a slightly unbalanced hand if the chances of finding a trump fit are slim.

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After a Minor-Suit Two-over-One Response

West
1 H
 ? 
East
2 C

With unbid suits stopped and balanced
13-18 HCPbid 2 NTF
19-20 HCPbid 3 NTN
With 4+ cards in an unbid suit
13-18 pointsbid suit at cheapest levelF
19+ pointsjump in suitF
With 6+ cards in your original suit
13-18 points 5bid 2 of your suitF
19+ pointsbid 3 of your suitF
With 3+ card trump support
13-18 pointsraise to 3F
19+ pointsraise to 4F

After a Two-Heart Response to One Spade

West
1 S
 ? 
East
2 H

With 3+ card trump support 8
13-15 pointsraise to 3F
16-18 pointsraise to 4N
Otherwise follow the preceding table

8 Do not raise immediately with only 3 trumps if you have 5-5 shape or a strong 6+ card spade suit. Also note that there is no listing for 19+ points (see Slam Bidding).

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