Again this is another bridge convention that people play in different ways…so you really need to make sure that you and your partner are playing it the same way before you agree to play inverted minors.

This version i’m going to describe I play with a prepared club (might only be a 2 card suit) and a 5 card diamond suit (unbalanced) with a strong NT.

So the whole point of inverted minors are that the 2♣ and 2 bid replace the 3♣ and 3 bids in normal Acol. In simplistic terms at least. However there is more complexity to it than that….

Let’s start with 1♣ – 2♣

This shows 10+ points, a 5 card club suit and is forcing to 2NT or 3♣.

  • 2 = 18-19 points and a 3+ card club suit
  • 2 = A heart stop, and possibly no spade stop or getting ready to show a 5 card suit.
  • 2♠ = A spade stop, and possibly no heart stop or getting ready to show a 5 card spade suit.
  • 2NT – stops in both major less that 15 points
  • 3♣ = I’ve got Clubs and a weak hand.
  • 3//♠ = Splinters
  • 3NT = 18/19 points with only a doubleton Club
  • 4♣ = RKC Minorwood

1 – 2

This shows 10+ points, a 4 card diamond suit and is forcing to 2NT or 3.

  • 2 = A heart stop, and possibly no spade stop or getting ready to show a 5 card suit.
  • 2♠ = A spade stop, and possibly no heart stop or getting ready to show a 5 card spade suit.
  • 2NT – stops in both major less that 15 points
  • 3♣ = 18-19 points 4+ ‘s (could be 4441)
  • 3 = Minimum hand with diamonds
  • 3 /♠ = Splinters
  • 3NT = 18/19 points with exactly 4441 shape
  • 4♣ = Splinter
  • 4 = RKC Minorwood

1 Minor – 3 Minor

This is now straightforward – 5-9 points and shows a 5 card club suit and a 4+ card diamond support