Blue Team Two Diamonds

This bid is a main feature of the Blue Team Club system devised by Mr. Benito Garozzo. The Blue Team Club System is based on the principle that a 1 Club opening is forcing. The style of this system is called Canapé, and this means that the opener can/should bid the short suits before he bids the long suits. Canape is a bidding method in which the opener bids his long suit on his rebid and was developed by Mr. Pierre Albarran from France.

 

The concept behind this opening bid of 2 Diamonds is the fact that it shows a high card point range between 17 and 24, and a distribution of exactly 4-4-4-1, the singleton being in any suit. The responses, however, are varied and can be described as below.

 

1. A Response as an Immediate Sign-Off

Opener   Responder
2   2

With a holding of at least a 3-card Spade suit and a weak 0-5 high card point range, the responder hopes to find a 4-card Spade suit in the holding of his partner. If this is the case, then the opener will pass and hope that the opponents do not enter the auction. With a maximum high card point range of 23/24 high card points, the opener may invite to game. In the case that the singleton of the opener is actually Spades, then the opener rebids 2 No Trump, in order that the responder can rebid another suit, where a better fit is secure. Any rebid by the opener shows that the responder has found the singleton.

 

2. A Response as a Discouraging Response

Opener   Responder
2   3 //4

With a holding of at least a 6-card broken suit and a 5-6 high card point range, the responder jumps to the Three Level in that suit. Normally the opener will pass if his singleton is in that suit and he has a maximum range. If the suit of the responder corresponds to a 4-card suit of the opener, then the opener can bid game, especially if it is a Major suit, try for game, if it is a Minor suit, or even try with a maximum range to bid slam by cuebidding his singleton.

Opener   Responder   Meaning
2   3    
4       Cuebid of Singleton

As soon as the responder realizes that the opener is cuebidding his singleton, then the responder can bid in Steps to show whether he has the Ace or King of his suit and whether or not he also has a singleton.

 

3. A Response as an Encouraging Response

Opener   Responder
2   2 NT

With a holding of at least a 6-card broken suit containing any three honors or two of the top three honors and a 6-7 high card point range, the responder automatically bids 2 No Trump, which is an encouraging response. After this response the opener will rebid the suit below his singleton.

Opener   Responder   Meaning
2   2 NT    
3       Shows a singleton Diamond

The responder then can show his suit on his rebid or rebids 3 No Trump if his suit is Clubs.

Opener   Responder   Meaning
2   2 NT    
3       Shows a singleton Diamond
    3 NT   Shows a 6-card Club suit

If the singleton, held by the opener, is in the 6-card suit of the responder, the opener may pass with a minimum range since this is not a forcing bid. With a maximum, the opener may be bid game in No Trump or in the suit of the responder, or in the example above, simply pass the 3 No Trump bid of the responder. If the opener holds a 4-card suit in the suit of the responder, then the partnership is committed to game. The opener may also begin cuebidding a slam by cuebidding his singleton. If the responder also holds a singleton, then the responder can likewise cuebid his singleton.

 

4. A Response as a Relay Response

Opener   Responder
2   2

If the holding of the responder does not fall in any of the above mentioned categories, then the responder automatically bids 2 Hearts. This bid is completely artificial and is asking the opener to continue to describe his holding.

Opener   Responder   Meaning
2   2 NT   Artificial Response
2       Shows a singleton in a Major suit and 17-20 minimum range.
    The 2 NT response now requests the opener to rebid one of the following:
    2 NT a. Request for opener to bid 3 Clubs with a Heart singleton.
      b. Request for opener to bid 3 Diamonds with a Spade singleton and 17-18 high card points.
      c. Request for opener to bid 3 Hearts with a Spade singleton and 19-20 high card points.
If none of the above apply, then the opener rebids as follows:
3       Shows a singleton Diamond and 21-24 high card points range.
3       Shows a maximum range.
3       Shows a maximum range.
3       Shows a maximum range.
3 NT       Shows a maximum range.

As soon as the responder becomes aware of the location of the singleton and minimum and/or maximum high card point range of the opener, the responder is then able to determine whether to cuebid the known singleton of the opener to request additional information about other features of the holding, such as more closely defined point count, controls, and perhaps even the number of Queens.

Using the Blue Team Two Diamonds method, the partnership is able to determine the minimum or maximum range of the opener, the point count of the responder, the location of the singleton, a 6-card suit of the responder, and the number of controls held by both players.

 

 

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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