Weak Two-Bids


Weak Two-Bids are popular because they allow you to preempt more often (making it difficult for the opponents to bid when it's their hand) and because they provide a good description of your hand (making it easier for your partner to bid when he has strength). To play Weak Two-Bids, you and your partner must agree to change the meaning of all four opening Two-Bids. The new meanings are:

Watch the vulnerability!

If you're not vulnerable, you can open a Weak Two with very light hands:
K109654  43  753  K5     or     432  AQ9865  753  5
A vulnerable Weak Two should promise a stronger suit and more playing strength:
KQJ987  4  764  K54     or     ♠73  4  AQJ1084  J1092 .

Responses to a Strong 2C Opening

When in doubt, respond 2D. After 2D, opener will bid his long suit or show a strong balanced hand by bidding 2NT or 3NT.
     Over opener's suit rebid, you can bid naturally (raise his suit with support or bid a 5+-card suit of your own).
     Over opener's 2NT rebid, use your notrump system for your follow-ups (3C Stayman, 3D and 3H are transfers).

If you have a "double negative" hand (0-3 points without a king, no fit for partner), respond 2D, then bid the cheapest number of notrump over partner's rebid. You can then stop below game (3H, 3S, 4C or 4D) if partner doesn't have a super-strong hand.


Responses to a Weak-Two Opening (2D, 2H or 2S)

Partner's Weak Two is a preempt -- you're not obligated to respond unless you want to preempt higher in his suit or try for game. The meanings of responses are:

To assess your chances for game, don't count high-card points. Since you have a picture of partner's hand, you should instead count winners and losers. For example:
QJ52  J  KQ732  AQJ
If partner opens 2H, pass. Even though you have 16 points, your poor fit gives you little hope of game. You have four possible losers in the outside suits and partner could have two heart losers. Even if partner has an outside Ace or King, you can't count 10 tricks. However, if partner had opened 2S, your trump fit makes this hand much more powerful and you would bid 4S.
J854  6  KQ65  KQ73
If partner opens 2S, this 11 points is worth at least 14 points in playing strength. Bid 2NT to ask for an outside Ace or King. If he answers 3C or 3D, bid 4S. Count your tricks: three in the minor where partner has the Ace, one in the other minor, at least five spades (your length fills in his suit) and one or more heart ruffs in dummy. If partner instead answers 3H (showing the ace or king of hearts), you aren't sure of game, so bid only 3S and let partner decide.

Copyright   Karen Walker