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1NT opening?

Hello,
I'm a little puzzled about hand 4 of the bidding quiz in the June issue of Bridge Magazine. The following hand opened 1NT
SPADES K J 7 6
HEARTS 4 2
DIAMONDS K 6 5
CLUBS K Q 5 3

With only 12 points and no A 10 9 or 8 is it really an opening hand (even non-vulnerable)?

Phil

Comments

  • Phil,

    I haven't read this article, but assuming that you have agreed to a 12-14 1NT range, why would you choose not to open a 12-point hand?

    Yes, you have pointed out a couple of small negative features - the hand lacks aces and lacks intermediates (10s and 9s) - but there are positive features as well: in particular the supporting honours, going with the length in each of the black suits is a definite positive feature. It is always good to have your high-card points in your long suits and good to have honours working together. Overall, I would assess this as a middle of the road 12-count - not worth either an upgrade or a downgrade.

    As a general philosophy, 1NT is a great bid because it communicates good accurate information about your shape and strength to you partner with one bid and can often disrupt the opponents at the same time. I want to bid 1NT as often as possible and would be much more inclined to upgrade a good 11-count into the range than downgrade a 12-count out of the range. It would not have crossed my mind to do anything but bid 1NT - at any vulnerability.

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