Opening the Bidding with 1NT

One of the first thing a beginning bridge player learns is an opening bid of 1 NT.

Remember the opening bid is made by the first person to have 12 or more points in their hand.

When to open the bidding with 1NT

You should make an opening bid of 1NT when you

a) have 12 – 14 points in your hand (if you are playing Acol bridge) or 15 – 17 points (if you are playing American Standard Bridge) AND

b) you have a balanced hand (no void, no singleton and no more than one doubleton)

A void = no cards in that suit, a doubleton = only two cards in that suit.… Read the rest