Bidding after partner opens a weak two seems to be a problem for many players. They count their points to try to estimate what to do when it is much easier to count tricks. When partner makes a weak two bid, assume they have two of the top three honours to six cards. This is basically the playing strength that a weak two promises. There should be little outside as a weak two simultaneously shows little in the way of defensive values. While it is certainly true that many weak twos don’t meet these guidelines, it still offers a good estimate of what to bid since a missing trump honour will be replaced by a side suit honour. In the hand shown, most Easts opened an off center weak two and West placed them with AQxxxx in hearts. West can then see 6 heart tricks, 3 club tricks and one diamond trick with 3 top losers and so bids 4H. This contract appears to have four losers but watch what happens. In most matches, South led the AD intending to play for a third round ruff.
Teams, none vul, Dealer N
Despite the strong clubs in dummy, most defenders continued diamonds and East discarded his spades on the club suit. Declarer can now ruff a spade and lead a heart towards the king and make the contract. However, it is possible for the defenders to beat the contract. South can see that if East has the QH, there is no way to beat the contract ( remember that in teams you must try to beat the contract, overtricks are unimportant). It is, thus, proper to place that card in partner’s hand. Having done that, South can see that East cannot over- ruff North when the fourth club is led. Even though the fourth club is the highest remaining club, North can see the need to ruff with the QH. This is because North knows that South started with two diamonds, else there was no sense in continuing diamonds at trick two. Indeed, a noncontinuation would look like a singleton ace. So, North returns the third diamond which South can ruff with the 9H and the AH furnishes the setting trick.