2-Heart and 2-Spade opening bid
The basic principle is if you play this type of 2M opening bid, your 1M-1NT-2C or 1H-1S-2C can not be natural. Instead it says that you have good cards without a good rebid. Hands in the 15 to 19 hcp range without a good descriptive bid. This might even include a hand with a six card major, but with a poor suit quality. I will talk about how this 2♣ rebid fits into the 2/1 structure when we get to 1M openings.
Here is how we handle the 2♠; and 2♣ ; opening bids. These show 26 to horrible 32 Zar points, five+ in the major, four+ in the clubs.
- Raises are natural,
- 3NT and 4NT are natural,
- 2NT is game force.
- New suits are not forcing.
Over 2NT, opener rebids:
- 3♣ with five card suit,
- Rebids his major with six, and
- Rebids a side 3 or 4 card suit. Once fit is announced, normal cue-bidding takes place.
Here is the first 2S hand I had since switching to this method. I had it with BBO's Hannie, and needless to say, I messed it up. I must say that 4S was bid at all 11 tables, and made at seven. We had no chance when the defense found the right line despite our less than revealing auction.
In theory, maybe 3♠ would have been better than 4♠ but like I said the entire field bid game. The defense was deadly. Since we made the field bid, I can't feel to bad. I used ZAR to see I had more than enough for the game. Game is not horrible, but needs 2-2 spades with King on side to make.