• If we are already in a game-forcing auction,
  • And, we have not agreed another suit,
  • And, the minor has already been bid naturally twice,
  • Then, the third bid of the minor (at the 4-level) is Minorwood.

The second case is Jump Minorwood, and it works like this:

          If we are in a constructive auction (as in at least invitational to game),
          And, we have not agreed another suit,
          And, I have yet to limit my hand,
          Then, a jump to 4 of a minor is Minorwood, if one of these conditions applies:
              Either, your last bid suit was the minor
              Or, my first bid was a minor.

This may sound complicated, but the rules are really just plain common-sense, as hopefully will become apparent with these examples. We’ll start with some auctions which are not Minorwood:

     (A) 1♦     4♦          (B)  1♣     1♦           (C)  1♣    1♠          (D)  1♣   1♠
                                          2♦     4♦                   4♣                          2♠   4♣

(A) This is not Minorwood because 1 did not create an invitational auction … so, without other prior agreements, 4 is simply preemptive … lots of Diamonds and out.

(B) Same story … 2 does not elevate the auction to “invitational to game” status, so 4 is not Minorwood … we don’t suppose that we’ll ever use this bid in our lifetime, so we won’t even waste your time offering a meaning. And, if after 2 you really do have an RKCB type of hand? No problem … bid 2 of a major, just to keep things moving along, and then bid 4.

(C) Again, 1 did not invite us to game, so 4 is not Minorwood. Then, what is it? We suggest that it is a Spade raise … with solid Clubs.

(D) This is not Minorwood because we have agreed Spades. It’s a Splinter.


Yes, as the name suggests, we actually advocate both Minorwood and Redwood. This is what we suggest:

- First option is to follow the Minorwood rules whenever they apply

- If Minorwood is operational, then the would-be Redwood bid is either a cue-bid or (if a jump) a


- If Minorwood is not operational on a particular sequence, then revert to Redwood

- If that doesn’t work (presumably because no fit and/or force have been established), then a jump to

    4NT will usually be interpreted as RKCB.

- Finally, if you had a Minorwood or Redwood bid at your disposal, then bidding 4NT is natural (and,

    usually, invitational to slam)
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