All bridge played follows the rules of Contract Bridge, sometimes just called bridge. This blog will discuss the Strong Two Bid convention.
The Strong Two opening bid is a convention that signifies 22 or more points in the opener’s hand. This is a signal to his partner that he has a strong hand. It does not mean that Clubs is his suit; it just indicates 22 or more points in the opening hand. Now the partners need to find the suit to play.
Response to an opening bid of 2 Clubs
- 0-3 points; bid 2NT
- 4-8 points; bid anything but 2 NT but stay at the 2 level. Bid you longest and strongest suit (minimum of 4 cards the suit).
- 9+ points; jump one level in our longest and strongest suit and keep bidding; a slam is likely (total partner minimum points is 31)
Opener’s 2nd bid response to partner’s bid
- If partner bids 2 NT, opener passes
- If partner’s bid signals 4-8 points, opener rebids partners suit if he has 4 or more in that suit else he bids 3NT.
- If the partner’s bid signals 31+ points, there might have a small or grand slam. Use the Goeber or Stammen to determine if the final contact will be 5, 6 or 7.
Author, Beginning Bridge by the Numbers