These opening bids were devised and developed by Mr. Bertrand Romanet of France around 1968. He was born in the year 1921 and died in the year 2005. He is of Paris, France. He is a World Bridge Federation Life Master (WBF Code: FRA&500701), winner of the Bermuda bowl in 1956 with Rene Bacherich, Pierre Ghestem, Pierre Jais, Roger Lattes, Roger Trezel, and Robert de Nexon (npc). He is the winner of the World Par Championship in 1963, the winner of the European Championship in 1955. He also was the winner of numerous national titiels including Open Teams four times.

The subsequent responses and rebids follow the pattern of relay bids and Canapé bidding sequences. The bidding system employs the use of opening a 5-card Major suit as opposed to a 4-card Major suit, and the weak No Trump opening, the use of the 2 No Trump bid as a transfer to the next higher suit Clubs.

     

Opening Bids Only

1 :   12-22 high card points   Promises a 4-card plus Club suit, or
    15-18 high card points   shows balanced shape.
1 :   12-22 high card points   Promises a 4-card plus Diamond suit, or
    19-22 high card points   shows balanced shape.
1 :   11-16 high card points   Promises a 5-card plus Heart suit.
1 :   11-16 high card points   Promises a 5-card plus Spade suit.
1 NT:   12-14 high card points   Shows balanced shape.
2 :   23+ high card points   Shows various shapes.
2 :       Distributional 3-suited holding with maximum 5 Losing Tricks.
2 :   8-12 high card points   Promises a 6-card plus Heart suit.
2 :   8-12 high card points   Promises a 6-card plus Spade suit.
2NT:       Employed as a transfer opening bid to Clubs. Partner must relay to 3 Clubs.

 

 

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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