Responding to Weak Two-Bids


 Responding to Weak Two-Bids

A weak two-bid is not forcing for partner to respond, but having a fit is the key to whether to raise or not. This is far more important than counting points. As usual, responder is the decider, because the weak two-bidder has given a good description of their hand (good six-card suit and 6 - 9 high card points). Here are suggestions for responding:

  • A raise to three of the weak two-bid is to play, NOT invitational, asking partner to go to game. It could be preemptive.
    The weak two-bidder will pass: 2♠ p 3♠ p p Responder is showing any reasonable hand with three trumps and some shortage: ♠Q86 ♥A3 ♦K1096 ♣Q97

  • A jump to game may be preemptive showing four trumps: 2♠ p 4♠: ♠Q862 ♥3 ♦K10963 ♣K54 OR

  • it may have an expectation of making the contract: 2♠ p 4♠: ♠Q862 ♥A3 ♦AKJ5 ♣K54

  • A new suit by responder is forcing. 2♠ p 3♣ p ? The weak two hand will either raise the new suit or rebid the weak two suit: ♠97 ♥10 ♦AK75 ♣AKQ975

  • A bid of 3NT is to play: 2♠ p 3NT p p: ♠K7 ♥AQ10 ♦KQ52 ♣A974

If responder holds a reasonable hand (13+) with their own five+ card suit, they should bid their own suit: 2♠ p 3♦ p ?: ♠K7 ♥1094 ♦KQ1052 ♣AJ10. The new suit is forcing for one round, and the weak two-bidder will:

  • raise responder’s suit with three-card support or a doubleton honour or

  • with no fit for responder’s suit, rebid the original suit

·       A response of 2NT is artificial (conventional and forcing, showing game interest and asks for a further description of opener’s hand). Rebid as follows:

  • With a minimum for the weak two-bid, (5-7) rebid the original suit at the three level: 2♠ p 2NT p 3♠

  • With a maximum for the weak two-bid, (8-9) bid another suit to show a feature, usually an ace or king, in that suit: 2♠ p 2NT p 3♦

  • With a maximum and no outside feature, bids 3NT: 2♠ p 2NT p 3NT

nb: a weak two-bid is not forcing, so consider passing even with a good hand (13+)  and no fit, because the other side might bid, and you'd prefer to defend.  

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