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No Trump (NT): A contract played in No Trump means
that no suit is Trump. The highest card in any suit played takes the trick.
1NT Forcing: A bid associated with 2/1 Game Force and used to
describe a wide variety of hands where a pass of partner's opening bid is
not an option and responder does not have the values to force to game.
Generally opener responds by bidding his longer minor suit, rebidding
opening suit (with 6 or more), bidding other major (to rebid 2S, after
opening 1H, requires extra values), or raising 1NT (2NT would show 17-18 HCP,
3NT would show 19-20 HCP). Some play 1NT forcing in all seats, others play
that it can be passed if in 3rd or 4th seat when a sub-par hand has been
Namyats: Called South African Texas opening in some places. 4C is a
strong pre-empt of 4H, 4D is a strong pre-empt of 4S. That way 4H and 4S
deny significant defense and it takes quite a lot to make slam opposite.
New Minor Forcing (NMF): New minor forcing is when your side has
opened one of minor, responded 1 of major, and then 1NT - at this point a
bid of the other minor is artificial. It asks partner (opener) to describe
his hand more clearly. With other major (hearts in1C-1S-1NT-2D) he bids 2H;
with 3 card support of spades hebids 2S (min) or 3S (max); otherwise can
rebid minor or bid NT.