How to bid balanced hands?
  • All hands with 4333 4432 and 5332 we call balanced.
  • Hands with 6322 5422 and 4441 are semibalanced.
  • In balanced hands you cannot count distributional points except you found a fit with partner.
  • With a 4333 you must subtract 1 point from your HCP.

Responder is Captain after opener has limited his hand.

HCP

opening

rebid

Bidding tools

12 - 14

1 suit
(longest or better minor)

1 NT
(2NT after 2/1)

CheckBackStayman

15 - 17

1NT

 

Non forcing stayman; Repeated stayman
4 way - Jacoby-Transfer; Texas-transfer
Gerber; 4NT quantitative

18 - 19

1 suit
(longest or better minor)

2NT
(later 4NT after 2/1)

CheckBackStayman

20 - 22

2 NT

 

Puppet-Stayman
3-way Jacoby transfers; Texas-transfers
Gerber; 4NT quantitative

23 - 25

2

2NT

Identical with 2NT opener

26 - 28

2

3NT

Texas transfers