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When you respond 1NT to your partner's 1H or 1S opening bid, you will usually be denying 3-card support. You may even be void in your partner's suit, but not strong enough to change the suit at the 2-level (for which, with a void in your partner's suit, you require 10pts+). At the moment, the hand looks like a mis-fit, and you must keep the bidding low. However, sometimes your partner will re-bid a second suit for which you have 4-card support. Now, the shortage you hold in y
One hand that caused consternation during a recent class was this: Your partner opens 1NT (12-14pts). What would you respond holding: S J987432 H 6 D 753 C 94 Before getting to the answer, I asked students what they thought the final contract would be? The answer, of course, is 4H. Not a mis-print. Your partner has 14pts at most, you have 1. So your opponents hold 25pts between them - sufficient values for game. You have a 9 or 10-card fit in spades, therefore your oppon