Infinitely Better And Easier Than New Minor Forcing-Audio Lesson

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Approximate running time: 110 minutes.
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After opener rebids 1NT, if responder has a 5-card major and 11+HCP, roughly 2/3 of non-experts rely on New Minor Forcing (NMF). We agree that responder needs an economical asking bid here, but NMF has many VERY SERIOUS FLAWS.
Here are some of them:

  • The NMF bid is forcing, but is NOT forcing to game, so opener does NOT know responder's intentions. Does he have a game-forcing hand or just an invite? Therefore, NMF auctions often resemble uncertain reverse auctions rather than smooth 2/1 GF ones.
  • Responder doesn't promise a rebid, so opener feels the need to jump with a maximum. This will often prevent responder from describing his distribution.
  • Some of responder's rebids are not forcing. If he has a strong hand, he may not be able to make the economical bid he would like to make. By the way, do you know which rebids by responder are forcing and which aren't?
  • After responder's 2&diams NMF bid, if opener has no major, he will rebid 2NT (or 3NT). That is very inefficient. If responder has an invitational hand with a singleton, this will often land the partnership in a hopeless contract.

If all we were going to do is criticize NMF, that would not do YOU any good. But, regardless of your level, and whether or not you play NMF, THERE IS A MUCH BETTER WAY.
It is everything that NMF is not.
It allows responder to immediately specify "invitational or game forcing." Once he does, both players KNOW which bids are forcing and which are not. That is HUGE!
And, best of all, the new approach is NOT difficult. Everything you will ever need to know about this is available in the lesson.
This is NOT a typical Marty Bergen audio-visual lesson. Although it includes all of our normal features, it is FAR more extensive. If you like more bang for your buck, this lesson is made for YOU.
The lesson contains:

  • 50 well-explained 26-card examples of how a partnership can accurately bid part-scores, games, and slams.
  • Over 40 helpful 13-card examples to illustrate the correct bids.
  • Audio and transcript that are even more comprehensive than other lessons.
  • Important tips to improve your hand evaluation skills
  • Specific rules about what to do when the opponents interfere.
  • Very helpful advice for hands not strong enough for game. 42% of all deals are played in part-scores, so these tips will also help YOU make good decisions with non-game hands when opener did not rebid 1NT.

In this lesson, Marty will discuss how you can EASILY:

  • Clarify responder's intent early in the auction.
  • Have an economical, efficient auction.
  • Sign off, invite game, force to game, invite slam.
  • Stay low with hands not quite strong enough for game.
  • Not allow opener to ever get in responder's way.
  • Have auctions that resemble 2/1 GF as opposed to uncertain reverse auctions.
  • Allow responder to describe his distribution.
  • Play in a secure 2 of a major rather than a risky or hopeless 2NT contract.
  • Improve your ability to evaluate accurately.
  • Let responder easily check for a 5-3 spade fit after 1&hearts - 1&spades - 1NT.
  • Know when it's right to play 3NT with an 8-card fit in a major.
  • Bid good slams and avoid bad ones.

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