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# Bidding After a Raise

by Richard Pavlicek

### How to continue when partner raises your suit

   After a Major Raise Partner1 2 You1 ?

### Determine the partnership point range

Add Declarer Points (see Point Count) if applicable then add your revalued point count to the minimum and maximum shown by partner.

### If the total is sure to be

 19-25 points pass 26-32 points bid 4 of your major S

### If the total might be

 26+ points bid 3 of your major I 33+ points see Slam Bidding

If partner’s range includes 5 or more possible values it is practical to estimate his minimum as one greater than the absolute worst. For example, if partner raises your 1  opening to 2  he shows 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 points; figure his minimum as 7 points unless you are a real pessimist.

If the bidding is already at or beyond 3 of your major, then take a chance and bid 4 (or pass if already in 4).

   After a Minor Raise Partner1 3 You2 ?

### Is a major fit possible?

Minor suits are a low priority, so consider the possibility of finding a major-suit contract. If you next bid a major suit that was previously bid, it is natural; and if this raises partner’s suit, he should continue as above after a major raise, almost as if your minor suit were not raised.

If you are satisfied to play in your raised minor suit or notrump, follow the next table.

That was a whale of a bid!

Don’t I know it!

   After a Minor Raise (no major fit possible) Partner1 2 You1 ?

### If balanced and the total is sure to be

 19-25 points pass 26-32 points bid 3 NT N

### …the total might be

 26+ points bid 2 NT I 33+ points see Slam Bidding

### If unbalanced and the total is sure to be

 19-28 points pass 29-32 points bid 5 of your minor S

### …the total might be

 29+ points bid 3 of your minor I 33+ points see Slam Bidding

With two low cards in an unbid suit, prefer to bid another unbid suit below 3 NT. This shows a stopper in the suit bid, then partner may be able to bid 3 NT with a stopper in the unbid suit.

If the bidding is beyond 2 NT, then take a chance and bid 3 NT or follow Note above.

If your shortest suit was bid by partner, you may bid 3 NT with the unbid suits stopped; or you may bid a suit below 3 NT to show a stopper in case partner can bid 3 NT.

If the bidding is already at 3 of your minor, then bid 4; if the bidding is at 4 then bid 5. In other words, if there is a chance for game, do not pass below game.

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