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Inverted Minor

>The use of the "Inverted Minor" comes into play when your partner opens 1 of a minor and you are holding a minimum of 4 of his suit and no four card major.   The standard approach with a weak hand is to bid 2 of his suit.   However, a 2-level bid has very little effect in a competitive auction. So, using Inverted Minors with a decent but not game forcing hand a bid of 3 of his minor shows weakness and length in the specified minor. With 10+ points and a decent hand the responder would bid 2 of the minor. This (inversion) of the bid is a one round force.
       Note: with a balanced 10 and only four of the minor often it is safer to just bid 1NT.

Rebids by Opener  When partner bids 3 of the minor (inverted) he is showing weakness and 6-9 points, so in most cases the opener will pass unless he has great strength. On the other hand a bid of 2 of the minor is a one round force. At this point responder has not limited his hand. A bid of 2nt shows a balanced hand with probably only 3 cards in the designated minor. A bid of 3 of the minor is fairly weak and shows the desire to play in that suit. Any other bid shows extra values leaving it up to responder to further pursue the game potential of the hand.

Hand 1
Partner pic AQ8
picture KQ5
picture QT873
picture 54
  picture
picture J97
picture T7
picture AK962
picture QJ3

North

East

South

West

1D

Pass

2D

Pass

3D

Pass

Pass

Pass






 



North opens the bidding 1D.  This partnershiip has agreed to play Inverted Minors. 

With 10+ points and no 4-card major, South bids an "inverted" 2D.  this is forcing one round.  North bids 3D to show a minimum hand unsuitable for notrump.  With minimum values South will pass.

Hand 2
Partner pic AJ54
picture KQ
picture Q9873
picture Q4
  picture
picture T32
picture 98
picture AK642
picture T63

North

East

South

West

-

Pass

2NT

Pass

3C*

Pass

3D

Pass

North opens the bidding 1D.  This partnership has agreed to play Inverted Minors.  With less than 10HCP and no four card major -- South bids an "inverted" 3D.  This shows diamonds and a "weakish" hand suggesting a sign-off unless North has a monster.

North will pass since he has no extra values.

References:      Larry Cohen's Website