~Bidding Long Minors Over Partner’s 1NT

Responding to 1NT
Long Minor Suits

1. S 76 H 543 D JT9832 C Q6
2. S76 H 543 D Q6 C QT9876
3. S 76 H 543 D KQJ432 54
4. S A6 H K43 D KQJ7654 3
5. S 76 H 7 D JT765 C JT765
6. S A6 H 7 D QT765 C QT765
7. S A6 H 7 D AQ965 C KQ953

Over 1NT, a bid of 2S can be used well with hands 1, 2, 5, or 7. 2S may be used to describe a weak hand with a long minor, a weak hand with two 5-card minors, or a strong hand with two 5-card minors. After partner’s 1NT opener, the bidding goes 2S–tell me whether you prefer clubs (3C) or diamonds (2NT) or don’t care (3C). I will do one of the following:
~With a long weak minor, I will pass 3C or correct to 3D as a close out. I will hold a hand such as 1 or 2 above.
~If you respond 2NT, I will correct to 3C or 3D, depending on my long minor. I will hold a hand similar to 1 or 2 above.
~With a hand similar to 5 above, I will play in your preferred minor. I will pass 3C or correct 2NT to 3D.
~With a hand such as 7 above, I want to make a slam try in a minor or in NT. After I ask you which minor you prefer, we assume the suit you designate is trumps unless we decide to play in a NT contract. The way to show the slam interest is to bid your major suit splinter after opener selects clubs or diamonds. We will discuss in class how to pursue slam after the splinter is shown by responder.

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