Mr. Flemming Dahl published a booklet in the early 1980s, which described the system of Danish Standard opening bids, and which is outlined below. No other information as to this publication is available at this time.


Opening Bids Only

Bid Strength Meaning
1 : 11-20 high card points Shows 3 plus Clubs.
1 : 11-20 high card points Shows 4 plus Diamonds.
1 : 11-20 high card points Shows 4 plus Hearts.
1 : 11-20 high card points Shows 5 plus Spades.
1 NT: 15-17 high card points Shows balanced shape.
2 : 21 plus high card points Shows any shape.
2 : 6-11 high card points Shows 6 Hearts or Spades, or
  18 plus high card points shows 5 plus Clubs or Diamonds.
2 : 18 plus high card points Shows 5 plus Hearts.
2 : 18 plus high card points Shows 5 plus Spades.
2NT: 20-22 high card points Shows balanced distribution.

After a 1 No Trump opening, Stayman or Transfers can be employed on the two level. After an opening of 1 Heart or 1 Spade, a first response of 2 No Trump is game-forcing showing at least a 3-card trump support.

The three openings of 2 Diamonds / 2 Hearts / 2 Spades, all openings showing 18 plus high card points is similar to the Acol Two Bids. When the holding contains two 4-card suits, the lower suit is opened first. If the distribution is 4-3-3-3, then the opening is required to be 1 Club regardless of strength.

Note: Mr. Flemming Dahl has authored other bridge publications and also an updated version of the Danish Standard Opening Bids in his publication Grundbog: Dansk Bridge Standard (Danish Bridge Standard), published in the year 1994 by the Danmarks Bridgeforbund.



If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.