Social Lesson 8 – Standard American, Responder 10+ points & No Fit

The plot thickens, responder with 10 or more valuation points yet the players seem to have misfitting hands.  What’s a bidder to do: persist onward – full speed ahead, yield to partner’s suit with a singleton, head for Notrump, Pass or… ?

As we learned in our prior session, when responder makes a 2 level bid in a new suit the call is 100 percent forcing, regardless of whether your side has a part score in a Rubber Bridge game!  And responder also promises a rebid except when opener makes a weak bid (showing 12-13 points), such as rebidding 2 Notrump or rebidding responders suit at the 3 level.   Okay, so far so good but what happens next – enter the mysterious land of responder and opener rebids.

In this lesson we will use a sharp eye to closely examine some of the subtleties of hand evaluation, bidding and just plain old common sense.  And as always, we will entertain you with hand variations to underscore valuation with illustrative bidding examples.  Of course here at BridgeHands, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and as always you’ll see lots of action playing hands at the table!

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Part 1 – The ins-and-outs behind forcing bids and illustrative examples – for all audiences – click here to view 22 minutes of video

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