Weak Two Bids

Author: Larry Cohen
Date of publish: 07/01/2012
Level: All Levels




I'm not a big Flannery fan. I like weak 2-bids in diamonds (as well as in the majors, of course).


The range shown is 5-11. I am big on partnership discussion of style. The vulnerability and suit-quality are crucial. I would not open with this 5-count at any colors: ?J 6 5 4 3 2
?K J
?4 3 2
?7 6
. I would open 2? with this 5-count if not vulnerable: ?A J 10 9 8 3
?7 6 5
?6 4 2.
I would open this 10-count with 2?: ?K Q 9 8 7 4
?4 2
?K 9 2
?Q 2.


Any partnership needs to know the style of each player. In LC STANDARD, a side (poor) four-card major is possible, but not likely. A side ace or side void is also possible if the hand is in the 5-11 range.


New suits are forcing as is 2NT (which asks for a Feature). Show a Feature only if opener isn't minimum.  A Feature is usually an ace or king, but could be made with other holdings if stuck. A Feature is never a void or a small singleton.


A raise is not forcing--and can be quite weak. Raising from two to three is just a LAW of Total Tricks bid, typically based on three-card support.


If the opponents overcall our weak 2-bid, double is for pure penalties (a rare part of the game where double actually means business).


There are many fancy gadgets and options available after the opponents make a takeout double, but none are part of LC Standard.



For a complete LC Standard card and a prettier version of this series, see Bridge Winners.



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