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Strong Opening Bids

Opening bids of 2 C, 2 NT and 3 NT

Responses to Two Notrump (21-22 HCP)

West
2 NT
East
 ? 

With a 4 card major (not 4-3-3-3 shape)
4+ pointsbid 3 C StaymanF
With a 6+ card major or 7+ card minor
4-9 pointsbid 4 H, 4 S, 5 C or 5 DS
With a 5+ card major
4+ pointsbid 3 H or 3 SF
With a 5+ card minor
10+ pointsbid 3 C 1 or 3 DF
With any other hand
0-3 pointspass
4-10 pointsbid 3 NTS

1 Since 3 C is Stayman you must bid 4 C at your next turn.

Responses to Three Notrump (25-26 HCP)

West
3 NT
East
 ? 

With a 4 card major (not 4-3-3-3 shape)
7+ pointsbid 4 C StaymanF
With a 6+ card major or 7+ card minor
2-6 pointsbid 4 H, 4 S, 5 C or 5 DS
With a 5+ card suit
7+ pointsbid 4 C 2 or 4 DF
With any other hand
0-6 pointspass

2 Since 4 C is Stayman you must bid your real suit (clubs, hearts or spades) at your next turn (forcing).

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Responses to Two Clubs (23+ points)

West
2 C
East
 ? 

With any hand
0-7 HCPbid 2 D (negative)F
With a 5+ card suit 3
8+ HCPbid 2 H, 2 S, 3 C or 3 DF
With a balanced hand 3
8+ HCPbid 2 NTF

3 With 4-4-4-1 shape there is no prescribed response. You may bid a good 4 card suit, or 2 NT with a singleton ace or king.

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Rebids by Opener after Negative Response

West
2 C
 ? 
East
2 D

With a balanced hand 4
23-24 HCPbid 2 NTN
27-28 HCPbid 3 NTN
With a 5+ card suit 4
23+ pointsbid 2 H, 2 S, 3 C or 3 DF

4 With 4-4-4-1 shape there is no prescribed rebid. You may bid a strong 4 card suit, or notrump with a singleton ace or king.

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Rebids by Negative Responder after Suit Rebid

West
2 C
2 S
East
2 D
 ? 

General guidelines
You must bid again, even with no points. You may raise partner’s suit with 3+ trumps, bid a 5+ card suit of your own, or bid notrump with a balanced hand.

Rebids by Negative Responder after Notrump Rebid

West
2 C
2 NT
East
2 D
 ? 

General guidelines
Respond as you would to an opening bid of 2 NT or 3 NT (see previous tables) except all point ranges are lowered by 2 points to compensate for the fact that partner’s range is 2 points greater.

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