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Reverses


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For Intermediate players, "Reversing" is possibly the least-understood area of the game. The topic is so confusing that I sometimes hear people ask: "Do you play reverses?" or "Should I play reverses?" This isn't something which is optional. It is part of the bidding, like it or not. After opening 1 of a suit, we have to examine the situation where the response is on the 1 level and opener's rebid is on the 2-level in a higher ranking suit. Here are some examples: A) 1♠-1♠-2♠ B) 1♠-1NT-2♠ C) 1♠-1♠-2♠. In all cases, opener has "reversed." Doing so shows a good hand, at least 16 or 17 (depending on how you count distribution). In the examples above, opener might have: A) ♠K32 ♠AQ32 ♠AKJ65 ♠2 B) ♠AQ65 ♠KQJ76 ♠AQ2 ♠3 C) ♠-- ♠AQ3 ♠AKQ2 ♠K108765.

Reversing typically shows 4 cards in the suit reversed into and at least 5 cards in the suit opened. There is no need to reverse with a balanced hand (either open 1NT or rebid 2NT). As stated above, it shows a very good hand. With a so-so hand (such a 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 points), opener must not reverse! He has to find some other rebid. In the following quiz, you can test yourself. Note: I do not recommend getting involved with this issue after a 2-level response. I want everyone to play that a 2-level response is natural and Game-Forcing. After this, opener can "reverse" without promising extras. So, 1♠-2♠-2♠ while a "reverse," should not guarantee (though it may contain) extras.

♠ 2  
♥ K32  
♦ AQ76  
♣ K8764
 

You Opp. Partner Opp.
1♠ Pass 1♠ Pass
??      
Answers:

1NT

2♠

2♠

2♠

 

♠ K2  
♥ Q876  
♦ KJ765  
♣ KJ
 

You Opp. Partner Opp.
1♠ Pass 1♠ Pass
??      
Answers:

1NT

2♠

2♠

Other

♠ AQ65  
♥ KJ876  
♦ Q2  
♣ J3
 

As South, what would you rebid (assume you are playing that a 1NT response is "semi-forcing")?

South West North East
1♠ Pass 1NT* Pass
??      

* Semi-forcing

Answers:

Pass

2♠

2♠

2NT

♠ QJ3  
♥ K  
♦ K432  
♣ A10876
 

As South, what is your rebid?

South West North East
1♠ Pass 1♠ Pass
??      

 

 

Answers:

1NT

2♠

2♠

Other

♠ 2  
♥ AQ76  
♦ A2  
♣ AKJ654
 

As South, what is your rebid?

South West North East
1♠ Pass 1♠ Pass
??      
Answers:

2♠

2♠

2NT

3♠