~Learn Bridge–Session 7

In modern bidding, the goal is to first seek an 8-card fit in a major suit, then try to find a NT contract, and last of all settle for a minir-suit contract. These priorities are particularly important when the bidding indicates the possibility of a game contract. In addition, duplicate scoring places an emphasis on these priorities. For instance, a 5C contract bid and made scores 400 or 600 points depending on vulnerability. The same points can be earned by bidding and making 3NT; however, the 3NT contract can be fulfilled with 9 tricks while a minor-suir game requires 11 tricks. A contract that will make game in a minor suit will often take 10-11 tricks in NT for a better score. Modern bidding seeks to find the 3NT contract before opting for game in a min0r suit. Hence the invention of the Inverted Minors convention.

Similarly, slam in a major often only requires 26 HCP when distributions match and the points in the partnership are concentrated in only three suits. The Jacoby 2NT convention helps find the right fits for bidding slams in majors suits.

Other modern conventions aid in describing hands more precisely with or without competitive bidding. Some of these modern conventions are available below:
~Inverted Minors

~Jacoby 2NT, Splinter Bid, or 2/1?

~New Minor Forcing

~Rule of 8

~Fourth Suit Forcing

~Bidding Using Loser Count Principles

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