If you hold 12 to 19 HCP and are unbalanced then you open at the 1 level and in a suit.
12-19 Bid is a Wide Ranging BidObvious
Once the cards have been dealt
- Count up your HCP and
- Determine “the shape” of your hand – Balanced / Unbalanced
- Can I Open ?
- What suit can I Bid
Adding Points for Length
As mentioned earlier, Milton Work’s HCP are best used with balanced and semi balanced hands , for opening unbalanced hands there is mechanism that can be used to assist with determining the “corrected” HCP for suit opening.
That Rule is :-
If your holding is very unbalanced, for each suit that you hold more than 4 cards in you can “add an extra point for length” , for each card over 4.