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INVERTED MINOR SUIT RAISES

This convention ‘inverts’ the normal meanings of the single and double raises of a minor suit. Thus 1♣-Pass- 2♣ is stronger than 1♣-Pass-3♣. The single raise is forcing for one round, enabling responder to make the bid on both invitational and game-going hands.

Playing inverted raises, you would raise 1♣ to 3♣ or 1 to 3 with Hand 1. Even if this contract does not make, it is very likely that the opponents could have made 2 or 2♠. The benefit of playing inverted raises is even clearer if you hold the second hand and partner opens 1.

You can bid 2, forcing. In standard methods, you would have no satisfactory response.

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