Roudi Convention

This conventional method was devised by Mr. Jean-Marc Roudinesco of France. This conventional method is popular in the country of France and is applied after the opener has rebid 1 No Trump after a suit opening. With a forcing 2 Clubs rebid by the responder the opener is required to further clarify his holding. It must also be noted that the spelling can also be Roudy, and both spellings are acceptable.

 

 

Bidding Sequence with Explanations

North East South West Meaning
1 // Pass 1 Pass Promises a 5-card plus Spade suit.
1 NT Forcing for one round.

Note: The following parameters are established and agreed:

1. Whenever the responder first bids 1 Spade, then the responder is promising a 5-card plus Spade suit and at least 11 high card points, distributional points not included.
2. The opening bid is rather irrelevant as long as it is not Spades.
3. The bid is absolutely forcing for one round.

 

Continuances of Bidding Sequence

When the opener rebids 1 No Trump, then the responder must bid 2 Clubs, as in the following diagram to ask opener for additional information regarding his holding:

North East South West Meaning
1 // Pass 1 Pass Promises a 5-card plus Spade suit.
1 NT     Forcing for one round.
  Pass 2 Automatic relay to allow opener to more accurately describe his holding.

The forcing 2 Clubs rebid by the responder allows the opener then to further describe his holding.

Continuations

North East South West Meaning
1 // Pass 1 Pass Promises a 5-card plus Spade suit.
1 NT Pass 2 Automatic relay to allow opener to more accurately describe his holding.
2 Shows no fit in Spades and 11/12 points.
2 Shows a fit in Spades with 11/12 points.
2 Shows a fit in Spades with 13/14 points.
2 NT Shows no fit in Spades with 13/14 points.

Once the responder is aware either of the fit and/or no-fit in Spades, then the responder will set the contract accordingly.

 

Alternative Partnership Agreement

A second rebid by the responder of 2 No Trump instead of 2 is played by some partnerships as a mandatory puppet to 3 in order to either cease the auction in this suit and at this level, or as a forcing rebid to describe holdings with strong values, or to invite to a final contract of 3 No Trump. Partnership agreement.

 

Responder Shows Fewer Than Game Values

The responder can also show a 5-card Spade suit when the values are less than 10 high card points in the following manner:
North East South West Meaning
1 // Pass 1 Pass Promises a 5-card plus Spade suit.
1 NT Pass 2 Automatic relay to allow opener to more accurately describe his holding.
2 / Pass 2 Shows a 5-card Spade suit and fewer than 10 points.

The opener, with this additional information, will then become the captain and set the final contract.

 

 

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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