Three Beginner Lessons to introduce “2 Over 1” Bidding

Note: “2 Over 1” is often abbreviated as 2/1. GF means Game Force (total points in partnership = 25+)

PRACTICE GAMES NOW AVAILABLE — see bottom of page.

If you are just learning to play bridge, I recommend that you start by learning the standard rules. There is already so much to learn when you start bidding and playing without adding more complications than you need.  The 2/1 rules can sometimes be very overwhelming and confusing. In fact, when I play with partners who use the rules, we occasionally forget the rules because we may not have used that bid for quite some time. When you do not use something regularly, it’s easy to forget. You must know when 2/1 rules apply and when they do not apply. You must be very alert at all times to the bidding order. There is much more to remember when using 2/1 rules compared to standard rules.

However, once you are bidding and playing at a comfortable level, then it may be advantageous to learn some 2/1 rules. If nothing else, it may help you understand what your opponents are bidding. The 2/1 bidding system can be valuable for more precise bidding, especially at the slam level.

Here are three short and easy lessons to get started with 2/1 bidding. The 2/1 bidding system depends on where you are sitting around the table, who is the dealer, who passed and who bid first.

If you can master these three lessons and want to learn more, there are many books available and lots of lessons that you can take beyond these three. Good luck!

1)  2/1 Game Forcing (GF) Bids and 1NT Forcing:

Lesson 1 – 2 Over 1

2) Bergen Raises and Jacoby 2NT:

2 Over 1 – Lesson 2

3) Reverse Drury:

2 Over 1 – Lesson 3

Practice Games for Lesson 1 (2 over 1) Bidding.

These games are set up in the same way as the Practice Games for my beginner lessons — sixteen games created to match the dealer and vulnerability of duplicate boards (for those who use them), explanations and analysis to guide learning, and equal opportunities for all four players to have chances at bidding and playing. Suggested leads are given and the expected results. If you wish to purchase these games, please be familiar with the Lesson 1 and 2 Practice Games posted on this website as this is the style and quality of what you will get.

These 16 games focus on Lesson 1 of 2/1 bidding on this web page (2/1 Game Force bids and 1NT forcing bids). What’s also important when learning 2/1 is that 2/1 bids are not used all the time. It’s just as important for players to know when they should use them and when they cannot use them. Usually, if there’s an intervening bid, 2/1 bids are nullified. If the Opener bids a minor, you should not respond by jumping to 2 of a major because you have opening points, too. That’s a common error players make when they first learn 2/1 bids.  So I specifically set up these games to also show situations when 2/1 bids do not apply. (I have also shown the bids that would be used for standard bidding. Sometimes, it’s helpful to see the comparison.)

The cost is $5 US. (If you have 4 players in your group, that would cost $1.25 each and provide a good afternoon of learning and applying these rules.) Please click on the “Buy Now” button below to order them. You will be given the option of paying with PayPal or a credit card. The games will be sent to you by email as an attachment in PDF format, usually within 24 hours or as soon as possible.

Note: These games are also available as printed hand records and a PBN file. Contact me if you are interested: