1-Level Openings Wrap-up
The last few months we examined these general concepts:
- Opener's Jump shift
- Opener's Reverse
- Fourth-Suit Forcing
- New-Minor Checkback
- Inverted Minors
This month we close out the 1-level for now with:
- 2/1 GF
Warning: Some of this material is a little beyond my normal KISS approach
6. 2/1 Game Force (and 1NT-forcing)
In a nutshell, this bidding system uses 2-level responses (in new suits below the suit opened) as forcing to game. In conjunction, a 1NT response is used for all hands up to about 12 HCP. Here is a link to my lesson sheets on this voluminous topic. Warning: This is only intended as an overview. Complete books have been written on this subject. I teach many one-hour lessons with more details than are given in these lesson sheets (using Fred Gitelman's excellent software projected on a large screen). For more information on my lessons (for intermediate players), click here.
Next month – We leave the 1-level and explore one of my favorite topics: Weak Two-bids
Larry's Audio Tour of the Convention Card
For descriptions of most conventions mentioned in this article, see the ACBL page on Commonly Used Conventions.