The Classic response is 2D most of the time. We think this is wasteful.
Counting each Ace as 2 and each king as 1 cntrls - find the total then:
we suggest the following 4 step responses instead!
2D 0 Cntrls
2H 1-2 Cntrls
2S 3-4 Cntrls
2N 5+ Cntrls
If holding a 7 card suit bid it at the 3-level instead of bidding 2D.
These responses give the 2C opener a strong indication as to the level
the bidding can reach and some idea of the number of losers he could
There is another benefit when investigating a possible slam with a 4NT bid that asks for the number of Kings held ,
Answer steps 0, 1 ,2, 3¦4
This answer immediately gives the exact number of Aces; only if it is 3
or 4 Kings is there doubt - and that only when the 4NT bidder has
Although opponents interfere rarely over 2C one still needs to
know how to handle it. We advocate the following 4 step responses:-
This can also be used over any intervention following a 4NT request!
Beta also uses this and more in a question answer style see our 2C system