LESSON 9.2: RESPONSES TO THE TWO-CLUB STRONG OPENING

a)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

2

Pass

?

 

2 (0-7 HCP) 1 round

2 is the standard weak response to the 2 strong opening, the 2 response shows a 0-7 HCP hand with any distribution; opener is requested to describe his strong opening

see Steps convention

b)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

2
2

Pass
 

2
?

Pass
 

3 (0-2 HCP) 1 round

On any rebid by opener over 2, responder uses the 3 bid to show a very weak hand without support for opener's suit (3 second negative rebid)

c)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

2

Pass

?

 

2 (8+ HCP   5+ ) game

Any response other than 2 to the 2 strong opening shows an 8+ HCP hand; a suit bid at the two or three level shows a five-card or more suit

d)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

2

Pass

?

 

2NT (8+ HCP   balanced hand) game

Any response other than 2 to the 2 strong opening shows an 8+ HCP hand; a 2NT response shows a balanced hand

e)

Dealer: South

North

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

South

West

North

East

2

Pass

?

 

3 (8+ HCP   5+ ) game

A suit response at the two or three level other than 2 shows 8+ HCP with a five-card or more suit

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