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Improver Lessons 1.When to open your hand 2.Leads and discards 3.No Trumps – transfers and play 4.Defense against a 1NT opener

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Improver Lessons When to open your hand

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Opening bids 10+ with 6 card suit or two 5 card suits 11+ with good five card suit 12+ any shape Remember a hand with shape ie unbalanced has more value than a flat or balanced hand

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Have you got a rebid?

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A K Q x x x x x x x A K x xx 1 spade rebid 2 hearts x x x K Q x A x x x Q x x Pass as no rebid K x x x x x A Q J x x x xx 1 diamond rebid 2D A K x x Q x x x A K x x x 1 heart rebid 1NT

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A K x x x x x Q J x x x xx 1 spade rebid 2D or 2S J x x x x AK xx x x x QQ Pass as no rebid / poor suit quality

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But when 3 rd or 4 th in hand…… Pass Pass / ? ?

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When can you open? 1.12+ points 2.11 points + 7 or fewer loser hand 3.11 points and suit quality of 7+ 4.Rule of 20 5.Pearsons points

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12+ points Open at 1 level with 12-19 points Open 2NT with 20-22 points Open 2C with 20+points unbalanced 23+ any shape 4 loser or better hand and a long suit

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What would you open these hands? A K x x K x x x x x x Q x A K x x K x x x A x x Q x A K x Q x x x x x x x K x

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10-11 points + suit quality 7+ Count number of cards in longest suit Count number of honours 10 and J only count as honour if A,K or Q in suit A x x K Q x x x Q x x x x A Q x K x x xx Q x x x x A x x Q Jx x x A xx x x

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11 points + 7 loser trick count or better Each suit has A,K Q Count how many in each suit you are missing A K x x K x x x x x x J x A K x x K x x x x x J x x A K x xx Q J T x x x x

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Aces and Kings are not losers (except a singleton King) Queens may or may not be losers depending on the supporting honors. Here is a listing of honor card combinations and associated LTC losers: – Void = 0 – A = 0 – A K = 0 – A K Q = 0 – A K x [x x...] = 1 – A Q x [x...] = 1 (tripleton or more) – A x = 1 – A x x [x...] = 2 – K = 1 – K x = 1 – K x x [x...] = 2 – K Q = 1 – Q J [x...] = 2

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Can you open these hands? A K x x K x x x x J x x x A K x x K x x x x x J x x A K x x Q x x x J x x J x

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Rule of 20 Count total points Count number of cards in 2 longest suits Add two numbers together If total adds up to 20+, open the hand A K x x K x x x x x x J x 1 heart

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Pearsons points Count total points Count number of cards in spade suit Add two numbers together If total adds up to 15+, open the hand A K x x x K x x J x x x x x 1 spade

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A K Q x x x x x x A K x x x 1 heart x x x K Q x A x x x J x x Pass K x x x x x A Q J x x x xx 1 diamond A K x x Q x x x A K x x x 1 heart

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