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Responding to a Strong Club opening  

 
In the game link panel at the bottom of the page is a game which can be played at game (4) or at slam (6) level. It requires careful consideration of your entries but you can make 13 tricks even though there are 2 aces outstanding. Check out our lesson on entries in our 'Play of the Hand' Lessons on the Menu.

My reply to partners bid

“The 2NT rebid is often used as the negative response to 2 Club opening”
If your partner opens 2, you can show partner that you have a weak hand by responding 2  an artificial relay bid which shows 0-8 TP (or up to 6 HCP) and says nothing about your diamond suit holding.

The 2 bid is artificial and weak. All other bids are natural and positive. As responder you still have to keep the bidding going until you reach a 'game' contract  but at least your partner won't be expecting any points from you.
Bidding  2 Spades (5 cards) OR 2 Hearts (5 cards) OR 2NT (=9+ plus points, possible slam interest)  however typically communicate 8+ points and possible slam interest. Partnerships sometimes over time develop different agreements on their responses to a strong 2 Club opening bid.



Exercises: Your partner Opens 2, what do you respond with the following hands?


Hand 1 .


Your Hand
6 5 4 3
6 4 3
3 2
6 5 4 3
Your Bid
2 You are only saying to your partner that you have less than 7 TP but it says
nothing about your suit holding.



Hand 2.


Your Hand
A 9 8 7 6
K 8 7
8
J 7 6 4
Your Bid
2 Shows your partner your 5 card major suit AND that you have more than 9 TP



Hand 3 .


Your Hand
  • A 8 4
  • Q J 8 4
  • 10 7 6 5
  • J 4

Answer: 2NT. This shows partner that you have more than 7 TP and your hand has a balanced shape








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