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Kennedy Convention - The method where responder's major suit bid promises a 5 card major, as opposed to the normal method where responder's major suit bid only promises a 4 card major suit.

Opener

Responder

1.

1C/D 1H/S

The responder's first obligation is to bid a 5 card major with normal values.  Thus, opener is immediately aware of a 8 card "golden fit" when holding 3 cards in the major suit.

2.

1C 1D

Bidding 1D implies responder is lacking a 5 card major but holds a 4 card major.  Opener replies by bidding majors up the line. 

3.

1C/D Notrump

When the responder does not possess a 5 or 4 card major, responder bypasses suit bids by responding the appropriate Notrump bid.

4.

1D ?

Partnership agreement is needed when opener begins bidding 1D.  The partners must determine whether a major suit bid response promises a 4 or 5 card major.  The tradeoff of bidding 1H/S with a 5 card suit means responder must bid 1N even with a 4 card major.

Assuming a fit has been identified, opener or responder can then make the appropriate response - Pass, major suit raise, new suit forcing, etc.

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