Opening Bid of 2 Diamonds

<p>An opening bid of 2 diamonds doesn't come up very often but when it does, it is highly descriptive. It says 11-15 HCP, exactly 3-3 in the majors, and 0 or 1 diamond, which means you have 6 or 7 clubs. </p>

<p>Responding at the 2 level is a sign-off. The 3 level in a major is invitational to game. To calculate HCP for game, discount wasted values in diamonds (J,Q, or K) but be sure to include distribution value in the other suits.</p>

<p>With a 5-card major, even with 0-4 points, bid the major, knowing that a fit is guaranteed. Invite to game with 5-7 HCP and jump straight to game with 8-10 and consider pushing to slam if you also have opening points.</p>    

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 <label><h3>Response Summary</h3></label>
 <ul>
  <li>pass with 5 or more diamonds, no 5-card major, and fewer than 5 HCP hoping that your opponents will jump in.</li>
  <li>2H, 2S, or 3C - sign off, no possibility of game.</li>
  <li>2N - inviting to game with a stopper in each major, 2 stoppers in diamonds, and opening count.</li>
  <li>3C - no 5-card major or stoppers in diamonds.</li>
  <li>3D - a demand bid. No 5 card major but 11+ HCP, invites opener to 3N with 14-15 HCP or 4C with 11-13 HCP.</li>  
  <li>3H or 3S - invitation to game, the opener should raise to game with 14-15 HCP, otherwise pass.
  <li>3N - sign off with 14+ HCP, stoppers in diamonds and both majors.</li>
  <li>4C - invitation to game in clubs.</li>
 </ul>
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