By Peter Rhead
Weak-Two Bid Responses
Last week we introduced opening with the Weak-Two convention. The responder becomes the captain. Only he knows the potential of the two hands. Remember, the Weak-Two bid is based on a weak hand of about 10 points including two length points and a good suit of six cards.
Therefore responder needs at least 16 points to consider bidding for a game or slam. With less than 16 points your side will have a part-score at best, so why up the ante with another bid? Responder should just PASS unless he can extend the preempt . With three-card support and equal or favourable vulnerability he can raise one level to make the opponent’s bidding even more difficult.
With 16 points or more, responder gets excited. A game is likely! Perhaps a slam! Responder can force opener to bid again by bidding one of two ways: a new suit or 2NT. Both of these responses tell opener that there is a possible game or slam and responder wants more information. Responder’s new suit forces opener for one round. With three-card support, opener may then support the new suit heading for a suit contract or a slam. Without support, opener can bid a new suit himself heading for No-Trump or a slam by showing a control. If opener rebids his Weak-Two suit he says he has nothing else to contribute.
The 2NT response is more specific. It is unlimited suggesting a game or a slam. Responder’s bid of 2NT asks opener for a feature (Ace or King) elsewhere in his hand as a possible entry. A rebid of the Weak-Two by opener says he has nothing else to contribute.
For more information, read “Weak-Two Bids” in Barbara Seagram’s 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know, page 33
Next Week: Examples of a Weak-Two Bid
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