The Herbert Negative is used in response to an ACOL Two Bid. The cheapest step response by responder is artificial, showing 0-7 points without support for opener's suit. Examples:

    2D : 2H
    2H : 2S
    2S : 2NT

Opener's rebids are natural.


Other Considerations

The benefit of the Herbert Negative is that it saves bidding space. The traditional negative response is 2NT, which consumes more space and "wrong-sides" the play of the hand in no-trumps.

The drawback to the Herbert Negative is that it takes away the natural, positive meaning of the cheapest suit response. To bid the suit naturally, responder must make a jump-bid at the 3-level instead.

See also

  • ACOL 2C
    A strong, conventional opening bid showing a balanced 23 HCP or an unbalanced, game-forcing hand.

  • ACOL 4NT
    A very strong 4NT bid that asks partner for make a conventional ace-showing response.

  • ACOL Two Bid
    A strong ACOL 2, 2, or 2 opening bid.

  • Strong 2C Opening Bid
    The Standard American method of using a 2C as a strong, artificial opening bid.

  • Strong Two Bid
    The Standard American method of using 2, 2, or 2 opening bids to show strong hands.

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