The Next Step: Strong Unbalanced Hands

Quick Tips

  • Consider more than high card points when deciding to open a game forcing 2♣️

  • Playing strength is vital - count both quick tricks and losers

  • If in doubt, open at the one level, because it’s rare that you will be passed out these days (the opponents like to bid!)

  • To open 2♣️ you need a hand of 18+ high card points and three or fewer losers (occasionally four)

  • Suit quality is important in your long suits, and wasted honours in short suits are not ideal

  • Partner will make a positive response with a good suit (at least two top honours) and more than 7 high card points

  • Otherwise responder will start with 2♦️, a negative or waiting bid (waiting to hear what opener has)

  • Any suits bid naturally by either opener or responder will contain two of the top three, or three of the top five, honours

  • Any suits bid naturally by either opener or responder will be at least five cards in length

Here’s a video from an earlier lesson if you would like to do more revision on Strong Unbalanced Hands.


 

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