The origin of this conventional response method is unknown. The source for the information about this conventional response method is derived from the fact that the international team representing the country of Venezuela employed such responses during the Bermuda Bowl, or officially the 14th World Team Championships, conducted in St. Vincent, Italy, from April 26 to May 8, 1966, in which the members of the team placed third with team mates Roberto Banaim, David Berah, Robbie de Leeuw, Marion Onorati, Roger Rossignol, Francis Vernon, Gut Kramer (npc).

The representing team from the country of Venezuela also employed the identical response method during the Bermuda Bowl, or officially the 15th World Team Championships, conducted in Miami, Florida, United States, from May 26 to June 4, 1967 with team mates Roberto Banaim, David Berah, Edgar Loynaz, Roberto Romanelli, Robert Rossignol, Fancis Vernon. The team placed fifth in this event.

Note: The format of the Bermuda Bowl was changed in the year 1967. Where previously the placings had been decided by a simple round robin, with two points for a win and one for a tie, beginning with the year 1967 there was a change to a round robin in which each team met each other in three separate matches, with 20 victory points at stake in each match, followed by a two-team final over 128 boards. The change proved successful and the old format was never restored.

The Albert Two Clubs bid is response method to a strong, artificial 2 Clubs opening bid by partner. This conventional method is also applicable even if the responder has previously passed and the strong, artificial 2 Clubs opening bid has occurred in third or fourth seat.

This conventional response method may not be employed if there is an immediate suit bid by the next player in rotation. However, if the immediate player in rotation has doubled, then the application of the Albert Two Clubs responses remain in effect.

     
     

Response Method

North   South   Meaning
2       Definition is per partnership agreement, but the opening bid shows an independently strong, generally game-forcing holding.
    2   Promises 7 plus high card points.
    2   Promises 0-6 high card points.
    2   Promises 5-card or longer Spade suit.
    2 NT   Promises 5-card or longer Heart suit.
    3   This is a natural bid and shows length in the Club suit.
    3   This is a natural bid and shows length in the Diamonds suit.
    3   Promises 0-2 high card points and balanced distribution.
    3   Promises a 6-card Spade suit with 3 honors. (Note: Some agreements require: AKQxxx.)
    3 NT   Shows a 6-card Heart suit with 3 honors. (Note: Some agreements require: AKQxxx.)
    4   Shows a solid 6-7 solid Heart suit. Note: (Some agreements require: AKQJxx or AKQJxxx.)
    4   Shows a solid 6-7 solid Spade suit. Note: (Some agreements require: AKQJxx or AKQJxxx.)

The reason is unknown as to why the two bids of 4 Clubs and 4 Diamonds have not been included or defined.

 

 

If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.

 


     
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