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Weak 2

These opening bids show 6-10 HCP a 6-card suit and are designed to obstruct your opponents.

Suit quality is important. A good rule of thumb is that you should have 2 of the top 4 honours. Intermediate cards are also important. KQ10975 is better than KQ5432. Having opened a weak 2, you should not bid again unless partner makes a forcing bid. Partner has enough information to know what to do.

Weak 2 in Bridge

This is the perfect hand to open 2♠. You hope to make it difficult for your opponents to find their likely heart fit.

Weak 2 in Bridge

This is too strong to open 2♠. Just start at the 1-level.

Responding to a Weak 2 Opening

A weak 2 opening shows less than an opening hand so responder needs a good hand, or good trump support, to enter the auction.

With 3-card trump support it's worthwhile raising partner, even with a weak hand, to make it harder for opponents to know what to do.

Weak 2 in Bridge

A perfect raise which South makes purely to be a nuisance. With four card support South could even bid game.

How strong does the suit need to be? A good rule of thumb is that you should have 2 of the top 4 honours. Intermediate cards are also important. KQ10975 is better than KQ5432. Having opened a weak 2, you should not bid again unless partner makes a forcing bid. Partner has enough information to know what to do.

How do I respond to a weak 2 opening bid? A weak 2 opening shows less than an opening hand so responder needs a good hand, or good trump support, to enter the auction. With 3-card trump support it's worthwhile raising partner, even with a weak hand, to make it harder for opponents to know what to do.

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