LESSON 10.3: RESPONSES TO A WEAK OPENING AT THE TWO LEVEL

a) Consider total points and offensive tricks rather than highcard points when responding to partner's opening preempt

b) The more natural and less-risky response is raising opener's suit

c)

Dealer: South

North

J 7 8
A 10
Q 9 5 3
8 7 4 2

South

West

North

East

2

Pass

?

 

3 (6-10 TP   2+ ) closing

A single raise of partner's preemptive suit is a closing bid reinforcing the preempt

d)

Dealer: South

North

J 7 8 5 2
10 8
Q 10 9 5 3
7

South

West

North

East

2

Pass

?

 

Pass or 4

With long trumps and no other defensive value, responder may reinforce the preempt at the three or four level; opener must not rebid

e)

Dealer: South

North

K 7 8 2
K 10 8 2
Q 9 5 3
A

South

West

North

East

2

Pass

?

 

jump to 4 (13+ TP   2+ ) closing

Responder jumps to game holding 13+ TP and two or more trumps

f)

Dealer: South

North

7
A J 10 5
Q 9 5 3
8 7 4 2

South

West

North

East

2

Pass

?

 

Pass

Responder passes with a worthless offensive hand

g)

Dealer: South

North

J 7
A J 10
Q J 5 3
K Q 10 6

South

West

North

East

2

Pass

?

 

jump to 3NT (13-15 HCP    balanced hand) game

A jump to 3NT requires a balanced 13-15 HCP hand, at least two trumps and stoppers in the unbid suits; opener passes or corrects to four of his original suit with a rather weak opening suit (K J 10 x x x or less)

h)

Dealer: South

North

J 7
A Q J 10
A J 7
K Q 10 6

South

West

North

East

2

Pass

?

 

2NT (16+ HCP   2+ ) game

With a balanced 16+ HCP hand, responder makes a game-forcing 2NT bid requesting opener to further describe his holding

see 2NT Feature convention
see 2NT Ogust convention

i)

Dealer: South

South

A Q J 8 6 5
10 8 7
Q 9
9 7

South

West

North

East

2
?

Pass
 

2NT
 

Pass
 

3 (6-8 TP   6+ ) limiting

Over partner's forcing 2NT response, opener rebids his opening suit at the three level with a minimum opening hand

j)

Dealer: South

South

K Q J 6 5 4
Q J 10
Q 5
9 2

South

West

North

East

2
?

Pass
 

2NT
 

Pass
 

4 (9-11 TP   6+ ) closing

Over partner's forcing 2NT response, opener jumps to game with a maximum opening hand

k)

Dealer: South

North

J 2
A Q J 10 6 3
A J 5
K Q 10

South

West

North

East

2

Pass

?

 

3 (16+ HCP   6+ ) 1 round

A new suit by responder is a forcing bid showing a strong 16+ HCP holding and no support for opener's suit; the bid requests opener to support responder's suit with two trumps or more

l)

Dealer: South

South

A Q J 8 6 5
Q J 10
J 9
9 7

South

West

North

East

2
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

4 (6-12 TP   2+ ) closing

With a two-card or more support for responder's suit, opener raises at the minimum level

m)

Dealer: South

South

A Q J 8 6 5
3
J 9 2
9 7 3

South

West

North

East

2
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

3 (6-8 TP   6+   1- ) limiting

Without support for responder's suit, opener rebids his suit at the minimum level

n)

Dealer: South

South

A J 8 6 5 2
Q J
J 9
9 7 3

South

West

North

East

2
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

4 (9-12 TP   6+   2+ ) limiting

With two good trumps and an intermediate or better hand, opener jumps to game in responder's suit

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