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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 your partner's first suit isn't such a negative feature and you can re-evelauate you hand. s 2 h KJ53 d A43 c 86432 If partner opens 1S, you would respond 1NT. If partner now bids 2H, your hand improves dramatically and,
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 opponents have a big fit in one (or more) of their suits. Since your partner shouldn't have a 5-card heart suit for her 1NT opening, you know that your opponents definitely have an 8-card heart fit. So, the most likely contra