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2 over 1 GAME FORCE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
2/1 Game Force and 1NT Forcing are OFF if Responder's RHO competes, or if Responder has already passed.
Q: [partner opens 1S] If responder's only 4 card suit is hearts and responder has opening points, do you lie and bid hearts? Or do you lie and say 1NT?
- If your partner opens 1 Spade in 1st or 2nd seat and you have exactly 3 spades, 4 hearts, 3 diamonds, and 3 clubs, you bid a 3 card minor for 2/1. Some players will bid 3NT if they have 13-15 points with 3 spades and a balanced hand. You need 5 hearts for a 2/1 bid to 2H. With 16 or more points, bid a minor suit at the 2-level, 2/1 game force.
Q: with a hand that would qualify for the Jacoby 2NT would you chose that or the 2/1 reply?
- 2/1 does not replace partnership conventions such as Jacoby 2NT. With a 4-card fit for opener's major suit, Jacoby 2NT would be preferred by many players who have that convention available.
Q: Do you ever bid 2clubs as responder just to show you have an opening bid or is that contorting too much.
- 2/1 is a NATURAL system with the priority to show shape. Bid your longest natural suit first. With two 4-card suits, you may choose the 2/1 suit if there is an option.
- Do not bypass a 5-card spade suit to bid an artificial 2/1 suit as a GF. That would contort the shape description of the hand. 4th Suit Forcing (FSF) is an available Game Forcing option.
Q: I am confused because without support for partner or a biddable suit of your own, you likely want to bid NT but 1 NT doesn't show enough points and two NT would be seen as Jacobi if that is the partnership agreement.
- 2/1. With nothing better to do, bid your lowest ranking 4-card minor (on RARE occasion a 3-card minor) to create the GF then bid shape naturally to explore for a contract.
1NT FORCING - Only after 1H or 1S opening bid (1st or 2nd Seat)
Q: The bidding went 1 spade, pass, 1NT, 2 Diamonds ...from fourth seat. Did interference from fourth seat mean that the system was on or off?
- Once you have responded to a 1S or 1H opening bid, the conversation is underway and the information exchanged up to this point does not change. Interference from LHO means opener is no longer forced to bid. Competitive bidding takes over from here. Any further competitive action by responder is limited to an invitational maximum of 11-12 points and information previously exchanged. With nothing better to do, sometimes it's best to defend, try to defeat the contract, and get on to the next hand.
- Playing 2/1, the 1NT response over 1H or 1S range is expanded to 6-12 points and is FORCING. Responder's 2nd bid will clarify whether 6-10 minimum or 11-12 invitational.
- Note that if the opening bid is 1C or 1D, there is no change to the NT range and 1NT is NOT forcing. (no 4-card major) 1N=6-10 2N=11-12 3N=13-15
Q: If partner opens 1 s or h and you have a hand with 5 diamonds AKQJlittle and no 3/card support for partner. 10 pts but agreed to 2/1. Can you bid anything? Actually 11 pts counting length.
- 2/1 response is reserved for a good opening hand strong enough to force partner to go to game and explore for slam. Minimum of 12 HCP with a 5-card suit. With the hand you mention, 1NT forcing fits the bill. Because 1NT is "forcing" Responder is guaranteed another bid and can show the diamond suit and the 11-12 invitational strength at that time.