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Walsh System notes: Forcing Notrump – by Rhoda Walsh (7)

Posted on 27 July 2011

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Annotations by Rhoda Walsh on the 1 Notrump game forcing  response in the “2 over 1 game forcing system” (Walsh System).  We publish here the paragraphs 7, 8, 9 and 10 of Chapter Three. The Chapter Three is devoted to Responder’s Rebids. These are the points Rhoda explains us today: §7. Opener Rebids 3 (after a 1♠ opening bid); §8. Opener rebids three of her opening bid major; §9. Opener rebids three notrump; §10. Opener rebids four of her opening bid major. You can consult the index of the articles by Rhoda we have already published: click here >>

  

Walsh System Notes

 

 

 Forcing Notrump

 

 

 Chapter III Responder’s Rebids

 

 

§7. Opener Rebids 3 (after a 1♠ opening bid): 1♠-1NT; 3. Game forcing jump shift

 

3♠ by Responder: 1♠-1NT; 3-3♠. One of two hands:

a) A non-constructive single raise: three card support for Opener’s major. 6 to 7 PSP. Denies four or more hearts. Game forcing.

b) A preference: two card support for Opener’s major. 6+ HCP. Denies four or more hearts. Game forcing.

 

3NT by Responder: 1♠-1NT; 3♥-3NT. Does not promise stoppers in either minor (the unbid suits). 6 to 11 HCP. Denies two or more spades if lacking a stopper in either minor; otherwise, denies three or more spades. Denies four or more hearts. Nonforcing.

Four of a minor by Responder: 1♠-1NT; 3-4♣/4. Cuebid up-the-line in support of hearts. Four or more hearts. A 10+ PSP. Slam invitational.

4 by Responder: 1♠-1NT; 3-4. Four or more card heart fit. Does not deny a three card spade fit. 6 to 9 PSP. No slam interest.

4♠ by Responder: 1♠-1NT; 3-4♠. A delayed limit raise. Three card support for Opener’s major. 10 to 12 PSP. Nonforcing. Slam invitational.

 

 

§8. Opener rebids three of her opening bid major: 1/1♠-1NT; 3/3♠.15 to 17 HCP; good six or more card suit; game invitational

 

Pass by Responder. Zero to three card fit for Opener’s major. 6 to 8 HCP or PSP. No game interest.

3♠ by Responder after 1 opening bid and 3 rebid: 1-1NT; 3-3♠. Cuebid up-the-line in support of hearts. Qx or better. 13 to 14 HCP (i.e., originally, a delayed jump to 3NT). Game forcing. Slam invitational.

3NT by Responder:1/1♠-1NT; 3/3♠-3NT. 9 to 14 HCP. Denies three or more card fit for Opener’s major. Tends to deny honor doubleton in Opener’s major. Does not promise stoppers in all unbid suits. Nonforcing.

Four of a minor by Responder:1/1♠-1NT; 3/3♠-4♣/4. Cuebid up-the-line in support of Opener’s major. Honor doubleton in Opener’s major. 13 to 14 HCP (i.e., originally, a delayed jump to 3NT). Game forcing. Slam invitational.

Four of Opener’s major by Responder:1/1♠-1NT; 3/3♠-4/4♠. One of two hands:

a) A delayed Limit Raise: three trumps. Good 10 to 12 PSP. Signoff

b) Honor doubleton in Opener’s major. 9+ PSP. Signoff.

4 by Responder (after a 1♠ opening bid and 3♠ rebid): 1♠-1NT; 3♠-4. Six or more good hearts. 8 to 11 HCP. Denies three or more spades. Denies honor doubleton in spades. Nonforcing.

4NT by Responder: 1/1♠-1NT; 3/3♠-4NT. 1430 RKCB in Opener’s major. Qx or better. 14 HCP (originally a delayed jump to 3NT). Responder shows first or second round control of all unbid suits.

 

 

 §9. Opener rebids three notrump: 1/1♠-1NT; 3NT. 6-3-2-2 distribution with solid major; 17 to 19 HCP); nonforcing

 

Pass by Responder: Denies Qx or less in any side suit. Denies slam interest. Note: Responder may have a singleton in Opener’s major.

A new suit by Responder: A cuebid up-the-line in support of Opener’s major. Slam invitational.

Four of Opener’s major by Responder: 1/1♠; 1NT-3NT; 4/4♠. Denies slam interest. Indicates a weakness for notrump; i.e., a side singleton, small doubleton or Qx or worse in a side suit.

4NT by Responder: 1/1♠-1NT; 3NT-4NT. Quantitative notrump raise.

Opener’s rebids: If accepting, Opener responds standard Blackwood, holding zero, one or two aces. Holding three or more aces, Opener rebids 6NT.

5♣ by Responder: 1/1♠-1NT; 3NT-5♣. 1430 RKCSG in Opener’s major.

 

 

 §10. Opener Rebids Four of Her Opening Bid Major (1/1♠-1NT; 4/4♠) Seven or more card broken major suit; approximately 7½-8 tricks; nonforcing

 

A new suit by Responder: A cuebid up-the-line. Slam invitational.

4NT by Responder: 1/1♠-1NT; 4/4♠-4NT. 1430 RKCB in Opener’s major.

 

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by Rhoda Walsh (Edited by Paolo Enrico Garrisi)

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