SUMMARY 7. WEAK OPENINGS

a) Requirements

 - Six-card or more suit with two of the three top honors (or three of the five honors)

 - 6 to 12 total points

 - No other 4+ card major or 5+ card minor

 - No void

 - No more than one quick trick in the other suits

b) General rules of weak openings

 - The purpose of a preempt is to limit the opponents' bidding space

 - Preemptive hands should be valued according to their offensive-trick count

 - Opener must not bid again unless forced by partner

 - A three-level opening shows 0-9 HCP and a good seven-card or more suit

c) General rules of responses to a weak opening

 - The more natural and less-risky response is raising partner's suit with or without a jump

 - A jump raise may be preemptive or may show a strong hand

c) Meaning of a 2NT response to a weak two-bid

 - 2NT requests opener to describe his hand

 - Opener rebids his original suit lacking any additional values

 - Opener bids 3NT when holding a solid preemptive suit

d) Responses to a TWO-HEART weak opening

Responses

Points

Distribution

Meaning

2

16+ HCP

6+ cards in

1 round

3

16+ HCP

6+ cards in

1 round

3

16+ HCP

6+ cards in

1 round

2NT

16+ HCP

2 trumps

1 round

3

0-12 TP

2+ trumps

preemptive

3NT

13-15 HCP

2 trumps

closing

4

0-18 TP

3+ trumps

unspecified

5

0+ TP

4+ trumps

preemptive