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Ogust - A conventional response to Weak Two openings.

 
 
 

Responses to a weak two opening

 
  When partner opens a weak two (say 6-9 points and a 6 card suit) we have options.  
     
  A raise to the 3-level is pre-emptive, usually with 3 card support. This is the only weak bid (RONF Raise Only Non-Forcing).  
     
  A raise to the 4-level may be anything. I could be a pretty strong hand or it could be a very weak hand with 4 card trump support. Only the bidder knows and he is in charge if the opponents bid anything.  
     
  A new suit is natural and forcing.  
     
  That leaves 2NT. In America it is common that 2NT asks for a feature, but I prefer the Ogust convention. Playing Ogust, 2NT is artificial and asks opener to specify how good his weak two is. So in reply to 2NT we have: -  
     
 
3 min points, poor suit
3 min points, good suit
3 max points, poor suit
3 max points, good suit
3NT AKQxxx in suit
   
Note:

3NT as AKQxxx is rather rare as we have max 10 pts, but if we do have this holding,

  partner needs to know.
 
     
 
Hand 1 Hand 2 Hand 3 Hand 4 Hand 5
                   
AJ8653 642 AJ9542 J8 1064
54 KQJ862 A3 AKJ653 AKQ653
62 76 762 76 76
953 J5 J9 J95 72
 
     
  With these five hands, after our weak 2/♠ opening partner bid 2NT and we rebid: -  
     
 
Hand 1 3 min points, poor suit
Hand 2 3 min points, good suit
Hand 3 3 max points, poor suit
Hand 4 3 max points, good suit
Hand 5 3NT AKQxxx in suit
 
     
  Once responder has used Ogust, he may have enough information to either sign off in a partscore, 3NT or 4 of the major. Other bids, which are slam probes, are common to other sequences (cue bids, RKCB etc.) and are specified elsewhere.  
     
 
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