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Weak Two Bid

When opening a Weak Two you need to keep certain things in mind. The bid is preemptive and is meant to make it harder for the opponents to reach the right contract. When you first start using this convention it is probably best to have a good suit with 2 of the top 3 honors or 3 of the top 5 especially in the first or second seat. Also, you should not have an outside 4 card major. Your point range should be between 5-11 points and your hand does not meet the rule of 20.

After you have played for awhile and have gained some experience it is fine to modify your promised structure when you are playing with a regular partner. You will learn ways to ask your partner about his hand that carry more meaning then a standard 2nt asking bid. In the third seat your structure can be compromised since your partner is a "passed" hand. I play RONF (Raise Only Non Force). If partner bids a new suit that is forcing for one round. If partner bids 2nt he is asking me for a feature -- an outside Ace or King which can serve as an entry into my hand. Without an entry I would rebid my suit. However, if my suit is headed by the AKQ I would bid 3nt. Partner should have 2 cards in my suit to be investigating a possible Notrump Contract.

Some partnerships play a convention called Ogust. A 2nt response asks the opener about the strength and quality of his hand. These are the specific responses to this query that I use.   A Bad Hand is 5-7/8 points and Good Hand is 8-11HCP.    Note: Some partnerships reverse the meaning of the 3D and 3H bid.

3C --Bad Hand, Bad Suit

3D --Bad Hand, Good Suit

3H --Good Hand, Bad  Suit                 

3S --Good Hand, Good  Suit

3N --  Solid trump suit = A K Q x x x


Hand 1

 North
 spade A K 9 8 6 5
 heart 7 5
 diamond 9 8
 club J 5 4
   South
 spade Q J
 heart K Q T 6
 diamond A T 2
 club A T 7 6

North
2spade
3spade

East
pass
pass

South
2NT
pass

West
pass
pass


Your partner opens 2S (weak). You have a decent hand so you bid 2nt asking for a feature (an outside A or K). Notrump is very possible and 4S isn't out the the question. North rebids spades denying a feature and you decide to conservatively sign off in 3S. This partnership plays structured preempts that require 2 of the top 3 honors or 3 of the top 5 honors when opening a weak 2 in the 1st or 2nd chair.



Hand 2

 North
 spade A Q J 9 8 5
 heart 7 6
 diamond Q 9 8 3
 club 8
   South
 spade T 6 3
 heart K Q 9 2
 diamond J T 2
 club A K 7

North
2heart
pass

East
double
pass

South
3spade
pass

West
pass


Your partner opens 2S (weak). The opponents double for takeout. You have moderate values and 3 cards in Spades so you bid 3S. This is not invitational. With a known 9 card fit you are simply furthering the preempt. This tactic is especially useful when the opponents have doubled for Takeout making it much harder for them to compete.



Hand 3

 North
 spade K J 9 8 6 5
 heart 7 6
 diamond 9 8 3
 club Q 8

   South
 spade T 7
 heart K Q 9 8
 diamond A K 9
 club A 7 6 2

North
2spade
3spade
pass

East
pass
pass
pass

South
2NT
3spade

West
pass
pass

Your partner opens 2S (weak). Your partnership does not guarantee structured preempts because you like the effectiveness of preemptive bids. However, you use Ogust to ask about your partner's hand when you have interest in Game. The 3C* response is Ogust showing a bad hand and a bad suit. Partner will usually settle for a partscore when he hears your bid.

References:    Eddie Kantar's Web Page    ACBL's Website           Weak Two Quiz