What should I bid? (April 2022)


What should I bid? (April 2022)

The best submission for April came from Gordon Kellerman. He wins a voucher of $30 funded by TBIB, toward any purchase made at the Bridge Shop or Paul Lavings Bridgegear.

Nil Vul
N Dealer
5 2
K 10 5 4
Q J 6 2
A K 4
A K 10 3
9 8 7 6 3
[ 1 ] 9 7 6
Q 8 7 2
9 8 5
A 4 2
  Q J 10 8 3
A J 9 6
7 4
10 5

West North East South
  1 Pass 1
Pass 1NT Pass 2
Pass 3 All Pass  

Playing Standard American the bidding was as shown with West leading a top diamond.  The contract went 1 off.  North maintained that South’s 2 bid was forcing.  South was convinced that it was not as he hadn’t jumped to 3 and that North’s hand was limited to 14 HCPs at most.  South is now showing 5 spades and  at least 4 hearts but not game going values.  What do you think?


Hi Gordon,

Technically 2 is not forcing as it is just a suggestion of contract (between 2 or 2 only) showing 5+ 4+. If South had jumped to 3, then that would show 12+points and game forcing hand. This means you are a bit stuck when you have an invitational hand.

What you’ll need to do is to take up a convention (sometimes called “Checkback” or “New Minor Forcing” or “2-way New Minor Forcing”) as this will immensely help your auctions after a 1NT rebid to show an invitational hand or better. Usually the 2 or the 2 bid over the 1NT would be the artificial bid, thus in this auction if you rebid 2, you can both understand it as not forcing if playing some form of a Checkback convention.

This is definitely a tricky part about natural bidding as it does seem like the 2 rebid is a ‘new suit’ so therefore it is ‘forcing’ but it is actually an exception! Bridge can be weird sometimes.

Hope that helps,


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