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After we open 1♠ or 1♠ and partner raises to 2, what should we do? We should add at least a point to our original evaluation, because our 5+ card suit is now worth more. For example, ♠K10765 might not be worth much opposite a singleton, but knowing partner has support (picture ♠QJx), means we have lots of tricks in our suit. With a re-evaluated strength of less than 16, game is unlikely (facing at most 9 or a so-so 10). With about 16-18 in strength, we want to invite game. This is done by bidding a new suit (typically something like Axxx or Q10x -- where you want partner to evaluate his cards in that suit to help with marginal decisions). A reraise (1♠-2♠-3♠) should just be a blocking bid--based on the LAW of Total Tricks--not invitational. With more than 18, opener just bids game (no need to give away extraneous information). What if the opponents interfere after the raise? After 1♠ (Pass) 2♠ (3♠), opener can bid 3♠ just to compete (not invitational). To invite game, he has to bid a new suit (in this case, the only try is 3♠--and says nothing about hearts). What if the opponents overcall in the suit one below opener's? For example: 1♠ (2♠) 2♠ (3♠) ??  In this case, 3♠ is needed as just competing for the partscore (not inviting game). If opener wants to invite, the partnership has to use "Game-Try Doubles" -- whereby double of the suit 1-under is not penalty, but invites game. In all cases above, responder would bid game with about 9-10 and reject with about 6-7. In between hands require judgment.

Matchpoints, nobody vulnerable, South holds:

♠ AQ10765  
♥ KQ93 
♦ A2  
♣ 2
 

What is his call after:

WestNorthEastSouth
       1♠
 Pass  2♠ Pass  ??
Your Choice:

Pass

3♠

3♠

4♠

IMPs, both vulnerable, South holds:

♠ A 
♥ KQJ82 
♦ K1087 
♣ K87
 

What is his call after:

WestNorthEastSouth
       1♠
 Pass  2♠ Pass  ??
Your Choice:

Pass

2♠

3♠

3♠

3♠

4♠

Matchpoints, vulnerable against not, South holds:

♠ 5  
♥ AQJ983 
♦ KJ42
♣ Q2
 

What is his call after:

WestNorthEastSouth
       1♠
 Double  2♠ Pass  ??
Your Choice:

Pass

3♠

3♠

4♠

IMPs, nobody vulnerable, South holds:

♠ AQ1075  
♥ 8  
♦ AQ32  
♣ KJ2
 

What is his call after:

WestNorthEastSouth
       1♠
 Pass  2♠ 3♠  ??
Your Choice:

Pass

Double

3♠

4♠

Matchpoints, nobody vulnerable, South holds:

♠ AQJ76 
♥ KJ8  
♦ K2  
♣ KJ2
 

What is his call after:

WestNorthEastSouth
       1♠
 Pass  2♠ Pass  ??
       
Your Choice:

Pass

2NT

3♠

3♠

3♠

3NT

4♠