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Rebids by Responder

When partner opens one of a suit, you bid an unbid suit or
1 NT, and partner rebids at or below two of his first suit

After a One-Heart or One-Spade Rebid

West
1 C
1 S
East
1 H
 ? 

With 4+ card trump support 1
6-10 pointsraise to 2N
11+ points 2raise to 3F
With 4+ cards in unbid suit (unbalanced)
6-10 pointsbid 1 S with 4+ spadesF
11+ pointsbid suit at cheapest levelF
With 6+ cards in your original suit
6-10 pointsbid 2 of your suitN
11+ points 2bid 3 of your suitF
With a stopper in the unbid suit
6-10 HCPbid 1 NTN
11+ HCP 2bid 2 NTF
With 3 card trump support
6-10 pointspass or bid 2 of minorN

1 This applies in either of opener’s 2 suits, but a minor-suit raise may be rejected to bid notrump or a 6+ card major.

2 Responder’s second-round jump bids cover a wide range, which reduces the accuracy of standard bidding. For advanced players, there are two good conventions — “fourth suit forcing” and “new minor forcing” — to correct this. Using FSF and NMF, I recommend that all second-round jump bids show 13+ points, so with 11-12 points responder must bid the fourth suit or a new minor as a waiting move.

3 Partner should pass or correct to 2 S. This special case is an exception to the new-suit-forcing rule by responder.

4 If hearts, only 3 trumps are needed, and a raise to 2 H shows 11-12 points since you should raise the first time with 6-10.

5 In the case of hearts you may raise with any 2 cards. Also, a raise to 4 H is limited to 13-16 points (sign-off).

After a One-Notrump Rebid

West
1 D
1 NT
East
1 S
 ? 

With a balanced hand
6-10 pointspass
11-12 pointsbid 2 NTI
13-17 pointsbid 3 NTS
With 5+ spades and 4+ hearts
6-10 pointsbid 2 H 3N
11+ points 2bid 3 HF
With 4+ cards in an unbid suit
11+ pointsbid 2 of unbid suitF
With 6+ cards in your original suit
11+ points 2bid 3 of your suitF
With 4+ card trump support 4
6-12 points 4raise to 2N
13+ pointsraise to 3F
With 5+ cards in your original suit
6-10 pointsbid 2 of your suitN

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After a Rebid in the Same Suit (1-over-1 response)

West
1 C
2 C
East
1 H
 ? 

With 4+ cards in unbid suit (unbalanced)
11+ pointsbid unbid suitF
With 6+ cards in your original suit
6-10 pointsbid 2 of your suitN
11+ points 2bid 3 of your suitF
With unbid suits stopped (no major fit)
10-12 HCPbid 2 NTI
13-16 HCPbid 3 NTN
With 3+ trumps or Q-x or better 5
11-12 pointsraise to 3I
13+ pointsraise to 4F 5
With any other hand
6-10 pointspass

After a New Minor Rebid (1-over-1 response)

West
1 H
2 C
East
1 S
 ? 

With 4+ cards in unbid suit (unbalanced)
11+ pointsbid unbid suitF
With 6+ cards in your original suit
6-10 pointsbid 2 of your suitN
11+ points 2bid 3 of your suitF
With unbid suit stopped (no major fit)
10-12 HCPbid 2 NTI
13-16 HCPbid 3 NTN
With 4+ in opener’s 2nd suit (no major fit)
10-12 pointsraise to 3I
13+ pointsraise to 4F
With 3+ cards in opener’s 1st suit
11+ points 2raise to 3 (jump)F
With any other hand
6-10 pointspass or preference 6N

6 With equal or greater length in partner’s first suit give a preference at the 2 level. Otherwise pass his second suit.

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After a One-Notrump Response

West
1 S
2 H
East
1 NT
 ? 

General guidelines
Any bid you make (including an unbid suit) is natural and nonforcing. Usually you will simply pass or give a preference to partner’s 1st suit.

After a Two-over-One Response

West
1 S
2 D
East
2 C
 ? 

General guidelines
Any nonjump bid below game (except an unbid suit) shows 11-12 points and is invitational. Any jump bid shows 13+ points and is forcing if below game. A bid in an unbid suit is forcing.

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