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Reverse Bids

When opener bids a second suit at the 2-level in a higher ranking suit than the opening bid it's known as a reverse.

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Opener will normally try to show another suit on the second round of bidding rather than bidding the same suit twice.

reverse bids in bridge

North is happy in clubs.

reverse bids in bridge

North prefers diamonds.

reverse bids in bridge

A reverse means that responder has to bid to the 3 level in order to return to opener's first suit.

A reverse means that responder has to bid to the 3 level in order to return to opener's first suit.

reverse bids in bridge

If North wants to go back to South's first suit it will need to be at the 3 level with a bid of 3.

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2♣ is not a reverse.

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North can bid 2, returning to opener's suit at the 2 level.

If you're not strong enough to reverse, make the lowest bid you can that shows something extra about your hand.

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2 shows 5+ diamonds

Some players have the agreement that a reverse is forcing for 1 round, others have the agreement that a reverse is forcing to game.

On the following hand North has reversed showing 5 clubs, 4 diamonds and a strong hand.

responding to a reverse

You have a club fit.

This time you are stronger and it's up to you to indicate your extra strength.

responding to a reverse with a strong hand

You have spades covered, bid 3NT.

reverse bids in bridge

North bids 1, the lower ranking 4 card suit. South bids 1♠ which is not a reverse because it's a bid at the 1-level.

reverse bids in bridge

North bids 1♠, his longest suit. South is not strong enough to bid 2 which would be a reverse so has to settle for rebidding diamonds. North now bids 2 showing 54 shape and, again, the trump fit is found.

reverse bids in bridge

South rebids 1NT to show a balanced hand. There's no need to bid hearts! If North has hearts he would have either bid them on the first round or else he'll bid them next round.

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