hallway, on Nov 11 2004, 02:13 PM, said:

Are there similar rules for how many TIMES you can bid, or how high you may bid?

Yes.

The magic point is one level above the last new suit bid. It takes one trick per level to bid higher than that. No-trump doesn't count as a new suit, so after 1

♠-1NT, the magic point is 2

♠, not 2NT.

After 1

♣ 1

♥, you need nothing extra to bid 2

♥ or less, and extra to bid 2

♠ or more.

After 1

♠ 1NT, you need nothing extra to bid 2

♠ or less, and extra to bid 2NT or more.

This is true for both opener and responder:

After 1

♥ 1NT 2

♣, the magic point is 3

♣.

After 1

♥ 2

♣ 2

♦, the magic point is 3

♦.

After 1

♥ 2

♦ 2NT 3

♦, ANY bid shows extras. The magic point is one level above the last new suit bid, and that was 2

♦.

What qualifies as a trick extra?

-A 9 card fit in partner's suit PLUS a singleton, two doubletons, or 2 HCP. Count the distribution twice- once for the normal Goren count, plus once for fit count.

-A 10 card fit in partner's suit.

-Two extra cards in your own suit- minimum of five if you haven't bid the suit before, six if you have. Or one extra card if your partner supported the suit.

-4 HCP. So if you normally open with 12, any 16 will do. to pass the magic point.

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If you have two extra tricks, or one extra trick and your partner has shown one you can bid game, or force to game.

If you have no extra tricks and your partner passes the magic point, best to find a place to stop as quickly as possible.

Until you learn the nuances of the LAW and suchlike, it's best to use the same rule with and without interference. So, if partner opened 1

♥:

If the opponents overcall 1

♠, bid normally.

If the opponents overcall 2

♠, bid only if you have one extra trick from your normal bid.

If the opponents overcall 3

♠, bid only if you have two extra tricks from your normal bid.

Did that make any sense at all?