Inverted Minors

When should you bid NT or play in a minor suit contract?

Inverted minor convention can help make that decision.

Situation:

  • Partner opens  one club.
  • Partner opens one diamond.
  • For 1-level overcalls; partnership agreement is 12+ points and 4+ diamonds.

You have the following year hand:

High Card Points Cards in a Major Cards in a Minor Bid Next Bid
0 – 5     Pass  
6+ 5  / 5   1 Natural
6+ 5   1 Major Natural
6+ 4 / 4   1 Natural
6+ 4   1 Major Natural
6 – 10    A Fit 3 Minor Stop, minimal holding
10-12   A Fit 2 Minor Features – up the line to determine if 3NT is appropriate.
12+     2NT Stoppers in the majors, minimal opener by partnership agreement.