2 Two Way

This method is based on the Paradox method on Chris Ryall's bridge homepage. It allows the inclusion of SemiForcing hands with / into the strong 2 opening bid. Also included are strong 2NT hands (23-24 balanced) and GF hands. As we will see, one can include a weak two in for free! So to summarize:

Response to 2

2 Semi-positive
2 Negative, may contain a trick for a SemiGF
2 Negative, one trick for a SemiGF but nothing for
2NT Ogust
3 // Natural and forcing
3 Preemptive

The paradox lies in the responses 2 and 2: If you have a trick for just one major, for example Q54 53 8752 7652, you bid the major you do NOT like.

Now you must be thinking: "Is he nuts?! If you have nothing you bid higher than 2?". Well, here's the catch:

• This "never" happens. It is very unlikely to hold a terrible hand if partner has a weak two and RHO passes.
• If it happens they probably have a slam and will think 3 does not go down enough.
• If you have no trick for a major you have at least 2 and probably more diamonds.
• If partner is weak you have just bid the suit they have a fit in. This will be hard for them to find out.

What constitutes a trick in light of the 2-level responses? This can be very little, one of the following will do:

• An Ace or King
• Queen of trumps
• A singleton or void
• Two Queens
• Two doubletons or a doubleton and a Queen, accompanied by at least three trumps

As one can see, even yarboroughs like xxxx xxx xxxxx x qualify for a 2 response. On the other hand, when you have a SemiForcing in or , this is useful information. The trick is not just a trick but an entry as well, which might be worth another trick. So it is likely that the game will not make if responder has no trick/entry, and it will when responder does have the trick.

Also what is funny is that many opponents will be very surprised to see an auction 2 - 2/ - pass which will actually work well, as normally this would mean a wheel has come off :)