1 in a Suit Openings & New Suit responses - Facts sheet 6
Responding with a new Suit after a 1 in a Suit Opening
Bidding priorities for the Responder are :
- Raise Opener's Major suit (♥ or ♠)
- Bid a new suit
- Bid NT
- Raise Opener's minor suit (♣ or ♦, as a last resort)
Which suit to bid first when you have more then one biddable suit :
- With two 4+card suits : bid your longest suit first
- With two or three 4-card suits : bid your suits "up the line"
Skipping a suit denies having 4-cards in that suit.
- With 55 or 66 : bid your higher ranking suit first
Then bid your lower ranking 5-card suit twice.
Bid your lower ranking 6-card suit 3 times if required.
- With 54 : bid your higher ranking suit first
Then bid your lower ranking 4-card suit next time.
- With 64 : bid your 6-card suit first
Then bid your 4-card suit once. Thereafter rebid your 6-card suit again if required.
Responding with a New Suit
- New suit at the 1 level = 6+ points, 4+card suit
- New suit at the 2 level = 11+ points, 4+card suit (or 10 points with only 8 losers)
The Limit bid
New suit bids by both Opener and Responder are bids with a wide points range. Therefore neither player may pass until a Limit bid has been made.
A Limit bid is a bid with a narrow points range (or low upper limit). They are :
- the first NT bid made ( - Pass or - 1NT - )
- the second time the same suit has been bid ( - 2♥ - or - 1♥ - - Pass)
Exception : - 3♥ and - 3♠ are forcing to Game
- When the Responder has previously passed all his responses show 12 points or less and may be passed at any time
( - 1♥ - )