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Three weak and one strong


‘Three weak and one strong’ is my recommended basic method.


Weak twos


2, 2, and 2 are each natural single-suited weak twos.


A simple agreement is that the bids should each promise five to ten points together with a six-card suit headed by at least KT or QJ.


2


is artificial and is your only forcing opening bid.


It is frequently played as showing any hand of twenty three or more points.


Better is to widen the requirements just a little as indicated on the page ‘game-forcing bids

or to play the bid as ‘almost game-forcing’.


2NT


is strong and balanced on a range of twenty to twenty two.


Any lesser hand worth a game in its own right will simply start with a bid at game-level, and any other hand up to twenty two points will start with one of a suit.


The basic framework as outlined above can be varied in detail in a number of ways.

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One strong bid.

Context  -  Opening two of a suit in first or second seat - standard methods.

This page last revised 8th Jul 2019