Consider more than high card points when deciding to open a game forcing 2♣️
Playing strength is vital - count both quick tricks and losers
If in doubt, open at the one level, because it’s rare that you will be passed out these days (the opponents like to bid!)
To open 2♣️ you need a hand of 18+ high card points and three or fewer losers (occasionally four)
Suit quality is important in your long suits, and wasted honours in short suits are not ideal
Partner will make a positive response with a good suit (at least two top honours) and more than 7 high card points
Otherwise responder will start with 2♦️, a negative or waiting bid (waiting to hear what opener has)
Any suits bid naturally by either opener or responder will contain two of the top three, or three of the top five, honours
Any suits bid naturally by either opener or responder will be at least five cards in length
Here’s a video from an earlier lesson if you would like to do more revision on Strong Unbalanced Hands.
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