Week 0171 : 2nd October 2023



This is a bid made following partner’s bid (usually an opening bid but sometimes a conventional enquiry). For example, in the sequence 1♣-Pass-1, the 1 bid is a response to the 1♣ opening bid. If the response is in the suit partner bid, it is usual to call it a raise rather than a response.

The range for a simple response at the one level is very wide. You can have as few as 5 or 6 points. With a hand unsuitable for a jump shift, you could have 20 or even more points. For a two-level response, the minimum threshold is higher, 9 or 10 points in Acol, but more in some other systems.

With the first hand, you respond 1 to 1 (or 1♣) but 1NT to 1♠. With the second hand, you respond 1 to 1 or 2 to 1♠.

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