Revision: Responder's Rebid: 1

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Responder’s Rebid: 1.

NB: Check out the earlier lesson related to Responder’s Rebid.

Responder has such an important role to play at this second turn. They are often known as the “decider”, whereas opener is called the “describer”. Partner opened, you responded, opener made a rebid, and now it's back to you for your second bid. Add up the combined strength of the two hands to decide on the best contract for the partnership. Let's see how to work it out.

Responder wants to get the partnership to the best partscore or game. The formula is: fewer than 25 combined points, play a partscore; more than that, play game. It’s important to make the distinction of whether responder must to bid again, or whether they may pass at this point in the auction.

It depends on the strength opener has shown, and whether their rebid was forcing or not. So what’s “forcing”?

In general, play that any  “new” suit heard in the bidding by an unpassed hand is forcing, and any “old” suit, or no trumps, is not forcing.

Eg 1♦ p 1♠ p 2♦ (opener is showing a minimum hand, 13-15, with six+ diamonds)

When responder bids 1♠ at their first turn,  this is a new suit, and therefore forcing.

But, when opener rebids 2♦, this is an “old” suit, diamonds having been bid earlier in the auction, so if responder is minimum, they  may now pass.

NB:Even if opener made a jump bid at their second turn, it’s still not forcing if it was an “old” suit, e.g.
Eg 1♦ p 1♠ p 3♦ (opener is showing a medium hand, 16-18, with six+ diamonds). Responder may pass with a minimum.

Bids in no trumps are not forcing, so responder may pass with a minumum.

Any bid which limits the point range of the hand is not forcing, but when opener or responder have not yet shown the exact point count of the hand (i.e. an unlimited bid) , it’s essential to try to keep the bidding going.


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