Sample Deal

The players in the E, S, and W all PASS because none of them has an opening hand of 13+ HCP. You are the N player.


    1. What would you bid?
    2. Having heard his partner pass previously, the Dealer (E) knows that his partner and him have less than 25 HCP between them, so he bids PASS. What should partner (S) bid in response to your opening bid?
    3. From the point of view of the opener (N), how many HCP does his partnership have? From the point of view of the responder (S), what total HCP does the partnership have?
    4. If the opener (N) decides to make a game bid, what should be his final bid?
    5. Once the Dummy (S) lays down his cards, the Declarer (N) maps out his play strategy:
      • Which are his two best suits that he needs to develop?
      • What are his weakest suits?
      • What should E lead first?

  1. Since you have a balanced hand (2-4-4-3) and 15 HCP, you should bid 1NT
  2. Your partner (S) has 9 HCP and 4-card Major suit (Spades), he bids STAYMAN CONVENTION (2♣) asking you to bid your 4-card Major; now you know that your partner has 6+ HCP.
  3. From the opener’s point of view, the partnership has 22+ HCP (=16 + 6) while the responder knows that the partnership has at least between 24 – 27 HCP (=9 + 15 to 9 + 18); while the opener counts less than game points, the responder counts game points so it behooves him to bring the partnership to game.
  4. The final bid should be a game bid at 3NT.
  5. Declarer’s play strategy:


      • The partnership’s two best suits are ♠ and ♣
      • The weakest suits are ♦ ♥
      • The first lead from E should be the fourth from highest of his longest suit, 4♥.