The Next Step: Modern Bidding. The 1NT Response

This is lesson 2 in the module on two over one style in modern bidding. It’s not at all difficult, in fact, it’s easier than what you’ve been doing. Beginners are learning it so…
The panel of expert bridge players are very keen to share their thoughts on this topic too, because it’s one that often comes into discussion these days. The way to think about a hand is often the key to bidding it correctly. And as you’ll see experts sometimes have different opinions too!

The Next Step lesson modules have been designed to build on the Online School Curriculum. They include some Quick Tips to help you focus on the lesson topic. Then you can play and review the lesson hands.

If you have more time to spare, you can also complete the first lesson on the 1NT response in the 2/1 style, or watch the original lesson video.

Quick Tips

  • 1NT by responder in any system may or may not be balanced

  • You might hold a balanced hand without a fit for partner…OR

  • You might hold an unbalanced hand with a long suit and not many points…OR

  • You might hold a two-suited weak hand…OR

  • You don’t have any suit that you show at the one-level…OR

  • You might have a suit but not enough points to show that at the two level

  • Your second bid, if you are able to make one, will describe the shape of your hand

  • In the 2/1 style, 1NT by responder after 1♥️/1♠️ openings show hands with any of the above, with 6 - 11 points

  • it could even be a poor 12 point hand that you decided you wouldn't open


This week’s hand:

What should South rebid and why?

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David Appleton

Answer: 2♠️
Partner has shown five +♠️ and four+♦️ (some people play three+♦️, but I'd prefer not that).
We do not have a hand that is an invite to game, yet our hand is not without merit. I'd recommend false preference to 2♠️ here, whereas with a truly poor hand, say a six count, and the same shape I might pass.
2♠️ has two things going for it. First, partner might be strong enough to bid again, in which case we can offer 3NT. Second, partner may have six of them, and this just plays better anyway.

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GeO Tislevoll

Answer: 2NT
I have just barely enough for this bid, but the alternatives are bad. I am not in favour of the style to give spade preference with a singleton, but would with the same hand and two spades have bid 2♠️. If partner can’t bid over those second-round preferences made on a 10-count, we normally have no game and should stop as soon as possible in a sound 2 of a major contract. My 2NT is pushy and these type of fits don’t play well together (each of us has our own two suits) but the club suit is promising so I hope 2NT might work well.


Joan Butts

Summing Up: Neither David nor GeO would consider passing 2♦️. Playing in the 3-4 minor fit is not where they’re at. David hopes his partner will show up with six spades, but giving preference on a singleton is taking a big position. What both David and GeO see as important is whether their partner is able to take another bid after this one. If so, it means opener is stronger, but if not, there will be no game, and you should be happy to find the best partscore. So, it’s not so much the bid you make here, but whether partner thinks they can keep going after your bid.

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