Defending weak 2-3-4's
♣ ♦ ♥ ♠
Following Weak 2's:
Overcalls at the 2-level are natural & competitive - usually less than a sound opening bid
Our defense is Rubinsohl based! Its a choice - there is not the bidding
space to be precise! Our objective is to compete where possible and to
bid a game if possible! PASS when these goals are out of sight! In
other words leave them to it otherwise! And above all avoid turning a
positive result into a negative one!
- Rubinsohl requires a quality suit and sound opening values are
required. Any good 6 card suit qualifies. Bid 3 of the suit below.
These are transfer bids! 2N for clubs up to 3♥ for spades & even 3♠ for 3N
- A transfer to the opponents suit is NOT natural of
course! It shows good values and promises at least 4-5 cards in
the highest unbid Major.
- A Double denies holding a suit as defined above but does shows
at least moderate opening values, either a somewhat balanced defensive hand or have some length and/or values in the opponents suit. This is NOT a T_O Double but it
does suggest punitive consequences! Partner by choosing to PASS is converting it into
a penalty double! If holding a good suit one should show it - unless you
rate your defensive prospects superior: then PASS. [Note if opps are
Vulnerable a 200 result is a prize very much worth going for unless
your side can make a game! if opps are NVul going for penalties needs more certainty]
weak 2's being bid increasingly aggressively on ever lower values the
tables really have turned more towards penalties. So our proposed
Penalty Suggestive Double when combined with Rubinsohl if we do have a
suit to compete with is a powerful combination!
- 3♠ is also a Rubinsohl bid - a transfer to 3N. This shows a 19+
HCP balanced hand. Partner should complete the transfer or shows a long suit aiming at a game call.
- Rubinsohl is also used effectively over a 3♣ pre-empt - but not practical over higher pre-empts.
direct overcall in a new suit at the 4 level or higher shows a 7+ card
suit. Often when one player has shown up with a long suit other hands
also may have long suits of their own. One often will have to weigh up
the available options:
- Compete believing opponents can make and you hope to go down but give opponents a lower score
- Go for penalties!
- Believe the hand is yours an go for your own game!
- All options have risk - experience will be important here.
Following 3♦ ♥ ♠ pre-empts
- Same level bids are Natural NF
- 3N is natural 18+ Balanced - partner may have other ideas!
- * Suggests penalties - usually 15-18 Balanced or partly
based on values and length in opponents suit: partner accepts or bids his
- 4-level bids show 2-suits 5-5 or better
- Cue-bid: Shows a 16+ 3-suited hand: Partner chooses suit and level.
Following a 4-level pre-empt
Options are now very limited!
- 4Major are to play
- 4N shows Highest & lowest unbid suits (Note: following Beta - but classically shows lowest 2 unbid suits)
- 5♦! shows the 2 highest unbid suits
- 5♣ shows both lowest 2 unbid suits
- * Penalty - partner may have other ideas!