The Fighting Irish 2
is an artificial preemptive opening that shows 5-10 HCP
with 4-4 or 4-3 (!) in the majors. It can be useful at matchpoint pairs at equal or favorable vulnerability. Perversely, it sometimes preempts the opponents out of their own major-suit fit. Some examples:
This convention qualifies as a Brown Sticker Convention under WBF policy: "Any 'weak' two-suited bids at the two or three level that may by agreement be made with three cards or fewer in one of the suits." In ACBL events, it is a Superchart convention.
Responses to 2
|2NT||Natural, invitational. Opener may correct to 3 with 4-4-0-5 or 3 with 4-4-5-0 shape.|
|3||Natural, 6+ clubs, non-forcing.|
|3||Strong, artificial inquiry of opener's distribution (see below).|
Opener's Rebids After 2 : 3
After the artificial 3
response, hand patterns are shown as follows.
|3||3-4 in the majors.|
|3||4-3 in the majors.|
|3NT||4-4 in the majors, no void.|
Fighting Irish 2
were invented by New Zealander Neill Currie.