Opening 1NT with 2 Doubletons?
Author: Larry Cohen
Date of publish: 05/08/2017
Opening 1NT with Two Doubletons?
It depends on a lot of things. No clear answer.
1) Quality of the doubletons -- if xx and xx, quite unlikely I'd open 1NT. If KQ and KJ doubleton, much more likely to open 1NT.
2) What is the 5-card suit? If a major, usually I wouldn't open 1NT (but see #4). I would open in the major since I have no rebid problem (can rebid in the 4-card suit next).
3) What is the 4-card suit? If 4 spades with a 5-card minor, I'd open one of the minor (easy to bid 1 next). But if 4 hearts with a 5-card minor, 1NT is more tempting (to avoid a potential rebid problem).
4) If exactly 4=5=2=2 in that order, with strong doubletons in the minors and not enough to reverse, I would consider opening 1NT.
updated: March, 2018