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Partner Opens a Weak Two Bid
Most players use a range of 6-10 points and promise a 6-card suit when they open a weak two bid, but there is a wide-range of treatments. Many partnerships have the understanding that opener must have two of the top five honors or some similar agreement. Like many of you, in my youth I would open 2 or 2 with any 6-card suit regardless of honors. I now play much more conservatively, although my partnerships only require one of the top three honors. (We also preempt with 5-card suits in 3rd seat, but usually with the top of the range.) So don't expect your opponents to play the same way you do!
The Ogust convention is a method of determining the quality of partner's hand after he has opened a weak two bid. There are many variations of the rebids by opener, but below is a brief explanation of one popular method.
Responder bids 2NT to ask the question, Tell me more about your hand, please!
A second problem is that the answers are not very specific and the descriptors poor and good are not well defined.
There is a better way, and you can keep the 2NT bid as a Feature-Asking response!
Better than Ogust
Responder bids 3 to ask the question, Tell me the number of honors in your suit, please.
Besides being able to retain the response of 2NT as feature asking, you get much more specific information with this convention. A big adavantage occurs when opener has all three honors because responder may elect to play 3NT knowing there is a running suit in partner's hand. That's a winning match-point decision.
If you would like a more complete explanation of the Ogust agreement try: