Bidding by a Passed Hand : Examples

Ex. 1             Bidding : (W) Pass - 1♠ - 3♠ - 4♠
West
- Q J 9
- A K 9 3
- 9 6
- J 9 6 5
  East
- K 10 7 6 2
- 6 2
- A 8 3
- A K 7


After you have passed initially, jump raise Opener's major suit when you have trump support and 11-12 points (or 10 points and 8 losers).


Ex. 2             Bidding : (W) Pass - 1♣ - 2NT - 3NT
West
- K 9 8
- A 6 5
- A 7 6 2
- J 8 4
  East
- A 4 2
- Q 10 3
- Q 9 5
- A K 9 3


After you have passed initially, a jump bid of 2NT shows 11-12 points and no 5-card suit.   You also deny having a 4-card major suit you could have bid at the 1-level.


Ex. 3             Bidding : (W) Pass - 1♣ - 2♥ - 4♥
West
- A 3
- A 9 8 6 4 2
- 10 6 3
- J 4
  East
- K Q 6
- J 10 7 3
- 9
- A K Q 5 3

After having passed initially, bidding a new suit at the 2-level shows a 5+card suit and 11-12 points.
The bid can be a normal response : 1♠ - 2♥, or a jump shift : 1♣ - 2♥.


Ex. 4             Bidding : (W) Pass - 1♣ - 2NT - 3♣ - 3♠ - 4♠
West
- J 10 5 2
- J 6 4
- A J 3
- K Q 8 5
  East
- K Q 9 7
- A K Q 7
- 10 9 6
- 9 7

After having passed initially, bid 2NT with 11-12 points but no 5-card suit.
Opener's 3♣ is Stayman asking for your 4-card major suit.


Ex. 5             Bidding : (W) Pass - 1♣ - 1♠ - Pass
West
- J 8 5 2
- 8 6 4
- A J 3
- Q 8 5 3
  East
- K Q 9 7
- A K 9 7
- 10 9 6
- 9 7

After Opening with an absolutely minimum hand, Opener may confidently Pass after Responder's 1♠ bid, which shows only 6-10 points.
(Opener would raise to 2♠ if the Opponents enter the bidding.)


© 2014 Michael Furstner