OPENING BIDS

     
Follow the links below for definition  of each opening bid & continuations

Note: Third hand openings can be lighter - see 3rd-hand-openings - regular openings listed below will otherwise still apply

Concerning Choice of Suit Opening wih any 2 suits of 1, the following rules apply (subject to any detail given in the links):
Please also see notes at end of this page for 3rd hand openings

  BID         LENGTH                     NATURE             HCP /     LTC Comment

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1 2+
Natural    forcing
12+    /     <=7 1/2 LTC
1 5+ Natural    non-forcing 10-18     /     <=8 LTC
1 5+ Natural    non-forcing 10-16(18)    /       <=8  LTC       Initially treated as 4 card
1 5+ Natural    non-forcing 10-16(18)    /       <=8   LTC      Treated as 5 card >95% prob.
1NT
BALANCED
Natural   non-forcing 12-14   /     <=7 1/2      7-8minor cards. 4th position: 11-13 (9 with 2245 5  4
2 BALANCED Natural   Forcing
23+
2 Unbalanced
Forcing
15+       /     <=3 1/2     Contains a 5+ card suit
2 Unbalanced Forcing
5-9 HCP    &   6 card Major
2 BALANCED Forcing 19-20  HCP / Balanced, With  a 5  card   major is normal.
2 Unbalanced Forcing 5-8LTC,5-5 or better,either  Club -Heart OR  Diamond-Spade
2 Unbalanced non-forcing
 4-5  LTC/  5+card major/4+card minor. 5422 discouraged
2 Unbalanced
non-forcing
4-5 LTC 16+ HCP / 6+ card Major & distributional
2NT
BALANCED non-forcing 21-22   /                         May contain a 5  card major
3 2-suited: Both red suits
5-5 or better
4-7 LTC
3 2-suited: Both majors
5-5 or better
4-7 LTC
3 Pre-empt
non-forcing   7 card suit
3NT
gambling
non-forcing   Solid 8 card minor
4 Pre-empt non-forcing  7+ card suit distributional & pre-emptive
4 Pre-empt non-forcing  8+ card suit distributional - to play (may be more pre-emptive)
5 Pre-empt non-forcing   8+ card suit distributional
4NT
To play in NT at any level depending on responses
non-forcing - 10 likely tricks. All 4 Aces & at least  1 King, balanced.
Asks Kings  PASS :0, 5 :1,      5 :2, 5 :3. Then 5N to play or 5 for Queens (5 steps) 5NT:0, 6:1, ...., 6S: 4. Then 6N or 7N





3rd Hand Openings


Some relaxations are permitted. See 3rd Hand openings.

4th Hand Openings

1NT Opening is relaxed to 11-14 HCP Balanced distribution (No 5-4 no singleton)