Revisiting Major Raises: Single Raises


  • Responder is in an important position when deciding to make a single raise of opener’s bid of 1♥️ or 1♠️

  • Responder will hold three or four trumps, and opener needs a very strong hand (17 at least) to bid further, to game

  • If the opponents enter the auction to try to push us out of our comfortable partscore, (1♥️/♠️ p 2♥️/♠️), bid one more if you hold six trumps, but not with only five

  • So, if partner has four, they will bid one more if you can’t…3♥️/♠️

  • Going to 3♥️/♠️ is not asking the other partner to bid game

  • If opener wants to try for game, they will make a bid in a new suit (called a game try) eg 1♥️ p 2♥️ p 3♦️

  • This asks responder to focus on diamonds, and to bid 4♥️ with “something” in diamonds, and to bid only 3♥️ with nothing good in diamonds

Lesson Hands

Now it’s your turn to put this lesson into practice. Play each of the bridge hands and then watch the review videos for additional tips and an example on how to approach the hand.

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