Playing Bridge: Rebidding After a Two-Over-One Response - dummies

# Playing Bridge: Rebidding After a Two-Over-One Response

Most of the responder’s rebidding headaches arise after an initial one-over-one response, followed by the opener mentioning a second suit. At that point, three bids have been made, and neither player has made a limit bid. Both hands have problems determining each other’s strength.

However, if the initial response is two over one, the opener already knows of 11 or more HCP, eliminating the possibility that you (the responder) have a weak hand. The responder figures to have a hand that fits into one of the following ranges:

• 11 to 12 HCP: Invitational strength
• 13 to 17 HCP: Game-going strength, at least

The examples here show you how the responder defines her hand after a two-over-one response. Remember, the responder already has shown at least 11 HCP.

The responder completes the picture after the two-over-one response.

The bidding for this hand has gone as follows:

 Opener (Your Partner) Responder (You) 1♠ 2♣ 2♥ ?

You must make a rebid because a two-over-one response promises a second bid (unless game has already been reached). In addition, both hands are unlimited. No one has rebid a suit, raised a suit, or bid notrump, so the traffic light is set firmly on green.

Ask yourself what you know about the opener’s hand. So far, she has given you the following information:

• A range of 12 or more HCP (an unlimited range)
• The likely possibility of five spades and four hearts