What should your opening bid be if you hold more than 14 points and/or your hand is not a balanced one?
Here is a simple to follow chart to help you decide on your opening bid.
|12-14 points||15-19 points||20-22 points|
|Balanced hand||1 NT||1 of a suit||2 NT|
|Unbalanced hand||1 of a suit||1 of a suit|
Which suit should you bid?
- Open with your longest suit, if you have one suit that is longer than the rest.
- Open the higher ranking of two equal length suits. (Remember the ranking order is spades then hearts then diamonds, with clubs being the lowest ranking suit.)
- UNLESS you have EXACTLY four hearts and four spades, in which case open with a bid of 1 heart.
- If the singleton is in a red suit, open with the suit below the singleton,
- open 1 diamond if you have 4441 shape with a heart singleton
- open 1 club if the singleton is a diamond
- If the singleton is in a black suit open with the middle of the two touching suits
- open 1 diamond if you have a spade singleton
- open 1 heart if you have a club singleton
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