A key aim in bridge is to bid and make 4H or 4S, in order to score "game" bonus points.
The bidding sequence, that gets you to 4H and 4S, is called a "game invite".
To see if you have an intuitive feel for the concept, try and guess what 3H, in the sequence below, means?
Your partner is inviting you to bid 4H ("game") or to Pass, depending upon the strength of your hand.
This bidding sequence, the "game invite", is the key bidding sequence in bridge.
This chapter shows you what each of these bids (1H - 2H - 3H) means, and how to decide whether to bid "game" (4H) or to pass.
Opening 1H or 1S page 2
The "game invite" sequence begins with you or your partner opening the bidding.
In deciding whether to open 1H or 1S, there are two key numbers you have to remember:
AKQ = 4
♥/♠ = 5
That is, to open 1H or 1S requires 4 AKQ and a 5 card suit.
Example ♠ A x x x x ♥ K Q x
♦ K x x
♣ x x
This hand has AKQ = 4,
and has a 5 card spade suit, so open 1S.
Remember the key numbers: To open 1H or 1S, you need AKQ = 4 and ♥/♠ = 5
Quiz page 3
Would you open these hands?
Opening 1H or 1S page 4
So when you open 1H or 1S, you are telling your partner
that you have AKQ = 4 and ♥/♠ = 5.
But this is not all. You are also telling your partner how many winners you have.
Here is a hand that is strong enough to open 1S. Can you count the winners? It has the long trumps, so winners = AKQ + 4th, 5th, etc. trump.
Can you guess the many winners you are showing when you open 1H or 1S? Click
See the next page for the answer.
Opening 1H or 1S page 5
When you open 1H or 1S, you are telling your partner
that you have
AKQ = 4
♥/♠ = 5
Winners = 6, 7 or 8
Remember: An opening bid shows 6-7-8 winners.
If you have this many winners when you open the bidding, your side will get to the right level.
Q What do I do if I have only 5 winners?
Q What do I do if I have 8 winners?
A Bid 2C. This is a special bid showing a very strong hand.
Supporting Your Partner's Major page 6
If your partner has opened the bidding with 1H or 1S, you have to show him whether your side has an 8-card fit. He has shown you that he has a 5 card suit. So you need 3 trumps to show support.
A simple raise of your partner's major shows
♥ ♠ = 3+
winners (AKQ + ruffs) = 2-3
Your partner has opened 1H.
Would you bid 2H with these hands?
The Game Invite page 7
A typical "Game Invite" sequence is
4H or Pass
What do each of these bids mean?
1H I have 6-7-8 winners 2H I have 2-3 winners
3H The Game Invite:
"Partner, I have 7 winners. Bid 4H if you have 3 winners".
The replies are:
4H I have 3 winners; or
Pass I have only 2 winners.
This bidding sequence, the game invite, is
the key bidding sequence in bridge.