Strong Two bid

In contract bridge, a strong two-bid (also known as a forcing two-bid[1][2]) is an opening bid of two in a suit. i.e. 2, 2, 2 or 2 . It is a natural bid, used to show a hand that is too strong to open at the one level – more than about 21 points. Charles Goren advocated that a strong two-bid should indicate a five-card suit with 25 high card points (HCP), a six-card suit with 23 HCP, or a seven-card suit with 21 HCP and is to game.

This was commonly used in the early days of bridge, but after World War II, nearly all expert players converted to the now more common weak two bid,[3] retaining only 2 as a strong opening suit-bid and changing its meaning to artificial and forcing holding any suit. This was done on the basis that the weak two-bid would occur much more frequently.


A strong two bid is forcing for at least one round. Possible responses are:

  • A 2NT response is negative, showing a weak hand (six points or fewer).
  • Raise partner's suit with 3-card support.
  • Bid a new suit with some values and 5+ cards in the new suit
  • Bid 3NT with good values and a balanced hand.



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