North South Vulnerable

Play Bridge: Transferring weak twos

Tips and tricks for bridge players new to experienced.

This is a system I came up with. However, one should not take a system away from this column because I actually recommend using two diamonds as either weak or Mexican.

Nevertheless, one should take away an idea. If one opens a weak two and partner has a strong hand, the contract can be wrong-sided. This means the strong hand becomes the dummy and the defense becomes easier for the opponents. Transfer weak two’s insures that the strong hand plays the contract.

This column shows how to bid against a transfer weak two. One can also use the same defense when LHO opens one notrump and RHO transfers. Bidding the transfer suit is a takeout bid.

So if one does not play transfer weak two’s, how can one improve one’s bridge success? Although weak two’s disrupt the opponents, one still must be careful in not disrupting partner.

A weak two in first or second seat may pre-empt partner and a weak two in third seat will only pre-empt the opponents. In first or second seat, a weak two should be a descriptive and lead-directive bid yet weak enough to not make a game if partner has a minimum opening.

The System: Playing transfer weak two’s, one opens two diamonds with a weak two in hearts, two hearts with a weak two in spades and two spades with a weak two in either minor.

The bidding: East opens two diamonds showing a weak two in hearts and North makes a strong takeout bid. Had East opened two hearts, North would have doubled. East jumps to five hearts to jam the bidding and to make a good sacrifice right away. North and South settle for five spades and until the opening diamond lead gets ruffed they wished they had been in six.

The Lead: 8 of diamonds. There cannot be a lot of future in a heart lead so West leads his longest side suit.

The play: East ruffs the opening lead and exits a heart. West wins the ace and plays another diamond. East ruffs and exits a heart. He makes six if the ace of hearts is led and a diamond switch is not found.

Result: 5S by South down 1 for -100.

Do You Have The Basics?

Q9: Partner leads the Ace of clubs at notrump and you have K9, which card do you play?

See column 179 at for the answer.

Just Posted

Kootenay employers ready to meet job seekers at Black Press career fair

Dozens of companies will attend the event on Nov. 15 at the Ktunaxa Nation Building in Cranbrook

Sandblasting Silver City skate sign

The Trail Sk8 Park was closed on Thursday so workers could ready a sign for painting

Trail vet says voting system has worked for 150 years

Letter to the Editor from Vaughn Budd of Trail

Area A seeks views on cannabis rules

The public hearing for Area A residents will go Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.

Trail liquor store held up Friday night

The perpetrator was brandishing a weapon that appeared to be a gun, according to the Trail RCMP

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Vancouver man must pay $22,000 after breaking strata rules

Peter Gordon took his fight over his rented condo to the civil resolution tribunal, but lost

B.C. cheese linked to 5 E. coli cases

People are asked to throw out or return ‘Qualicum Spice’ cheese

Canada Post no longer guarantees delivery times amid more rotating strikes

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers closed two major processing centres in Ontario and B.C.

B.C. city councillor resigns as AutismBC director amid SOGI controversy

AutismBC president Gary Robins says Laurie Guerra’s resignation is effective Nov. 12

McGill students vote overwhelmingly to change Redmen team nickname

Student union held a referendum after a campaign by Indigenous students

B.C. university pride group replaces white supremacy posters

Around 50 people walked through downtown Victoria to share posters of love

Most Read