The Rules of Bidding

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1. You must make an opening bid with 12 or more points (4441 might be an exception).


2. You must rebid if partner responds with a new suit.


3. You must respond with 6 or more points (unless opposition intervenes). Majors are the priority.

 

4. Do not respond at 2 level with fewer than 10 points (except rule of 14).


5. You must find a game contract if partner jump bids in a new suit.


6. Do not respond in NT if you have a biddable 4 card major.


7. Do not rebid after a 1NT or weak 2 opening unless asked by partner.


8. Do not rebid at 3 level or reverse unless you have at least 16 points.


9. Do not overcall with fewer than 5 cards in that suit, 8 points and honours (or 6 cards if you have < 10 points).


10. Do not change partners overcalled suit unless you are strong and long.


11. Do not overcall in NTs unless you have at least 16 points and 2 stops.


12. Do not open a Weak 2 when vulnerable or if you don’t have 6 cards in suit with 2 honours.


13. If partner responds to an overcall with 1NT, it is natural.


14. If you have extreme hand, say 29 points, open 2C.


15. If everyone is bidding, you probably don’t have a game contract.


16. Describe your hand using ACOL not telepathy.


17. Don’t fall in love with your hand.


18. Rule of 20 is to get things started. Don’t overbid.


19. A single raise is weak, a jump raise is strong.


20. Use takeout and negative doubles to describe your hand.


21. Count losers AFTER agreeing a fit.


22. 25 points is usually needed for game. Be competitive not stupid.


23. Play for points not contracts.


24. To double 1NT, have at least 16 points.