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Responding to 1D/1H -- Choice of 2/1 GF or Bid Major


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Partner opens 1♠ or 1♠. You have 14 HCP with 4 spades and 4 clubs. Do you bid 1♠ or 2♠?

Or, more generically, what do you do with a choice between responding on the 1-level in your major or the 2-level in a minor?

Here is the quick answer:

  • With 13+HCP and only 4 in the major, prefer to use a 2/1 GF response. You will need at least 4 cards in the minor you bid. For example, respond 2♠ to 1♠ with:

    ♠ A876  
    ♥ 32  
    ♦ A32  
    ♣ KQJ8.

  • With 13+ HCP and a 5+ card major, respond in the major. For example, respond 1♠ to 1♠ with:

    ♠ 76  
    ♥ KJ764  
    ♦ A3  
    ♣ AQ32.
     

  • With not enough to force to game, respond on the one level in the major. For example, respond 1♠ to 1♠ with:

    ♠ Q765  
    ♥ 54  
    ♦ Q6  
    ♣ K7654.
     

    For more details see this article.

What is your response to 1♠ holding:

♠ KQ54  
♥ 3  
♦ A32  
♣ AQ765?
 

Choose One:

1♠

1NT

2♠

Other

What is your response to 1♠ with:

♠ AQ765  
♥ 32  
♦ A32  
♣ A43?
 

Choose One:

1♠

1NT

2♠

Other

What is your response to partner's 1♠ opening bid with:

♠ K652  
♥ 2  
♦ Q65  
♣ A7654?
 

Choose One:

1♠

1NT

2♠

Other

What is your response to 1♠ with:

♠ AJ765  
♥ A  
♦ 32  
♣ AJ976?
 

Choose One:

1♠

1NT

2♠

2♠

Other

What is your response to 1♠ with:

♠ AK54  
♥ AK  
♦ 82  
♣ AQJ76?
 

Choose One:

1♠

2♠

3♠

4NT

Other