Tip 8: "Partner opens a weak 2"

South displayed a neat way of handling weak 2's! She caused no confusion whatsoever and gave partner lots of confidence by bidding the game directly.

This pair play that a 3   bid is invitational. The new meaning assigned to raises is "more preemptive, weak, non-forcing". More on this RONF (Raise Only Non-Forcing) principle below.

I particularly liked this auction! Like David, I don't like opening a weak 2 with so much outside - 8 out of your 10 total points are defensive in nature! He caught up by showing a maximum pass with a minimum of 5 hearts. Partner could and should jump to game immediately then.

RONF = Raises Only Non-Foring

Only raises are non-forcing and weak in nature. Use the LAW - you can bid up to the total of your trumps. Partner opens 2 - then

  • xx, Qxx, QJxxxx, xx     -   Raise the ante and bid 3H! Make it difficult for them!

  • x, Qxxx, QJxxxx, xx     -   4H - quickly!   They have a slam on.

  • KJ98xx, x, Axx, xxx     -   Pass. Do not try 2S - it is forcing!   Remember RONF!

  • AKJxxx, xx, AQx, Kx     -   2S. If partner has Qx or better in spades, then the spade game will play far better than 4H.

  • When you are not sure of high how to bid, use the 2NT inquiry bid. There are various methods available of how to reply to 2NT, but to keep it simple (I hate elaborate mental work) use either -
    1. SAYC method: With a minimum sign off at 3-level;   and with a maximum (8-10 points) bid an outside ace or king, else bid game directly
      x, QJxxxx, Axx, xxx = minimum = sign off in 3H;
      but with x, KQ10xxx, Axx, xxx bid 3D - where you have an ace or king;

    2. Precision method: Bid your shortage singleton or void suit (my preference). Partner will then assess how good his hand revalues.
      xx, KJxxxx, Axx, xx = bid 3H (no shortages);
      but with xx, KJxxxx, Axxx, x bid 3C = singleton or void in clubs.