The conventional method developed and designated by Mr. Alan Truscott as Two No Trump Response Over Opponent's Takeout Double and described by him in The Bridge World magazine, issue November 1954 has undergone some revision. Variations exist of this concept and one is designated as Splimit, which is a combination for the two bridge terms SPLInter and liMIT raise.

The exact origin of this variation is unknown. Mr. Pier Massimo Fornaro of Italy, website, author of the bidding system La quinta maggiore Milano: Sistema dichiarativo di bridge agonistico, published in the year 2009, ISBN-13: 9788889466452, published by Casadelibri in Italy, (Milano 5-Card Majors: Declarative System of Competitive Bridge), however, is accredited with its definition.

Partnerships discovered early that the Truscott Two No Trump did not include the possibility of making a bid, which would promise a limit raise of the suit of the partner, but also show at the same time shortness, either a singleton or a void, in a side suit. This variation was designed to be employed only with Major suit openings, but can, by partnership agreement, also be used under given circumstances after Minor suit openings.

Principle of the Concept

The partnership agreement should contain the information that the Splimit Variation can only be employed in competition by an immediate double by the opponent. Lacking this immediate competition by a double the Splimit Variation may not be employed.

The following examples should clarify this feature.

South   West   North   East   Meaning
1   Double           An immediate Takeout Double following an opening suit bid.
        3       Splimit Raise showing a limit raise in Hearts and also either a singleton or a void in Diamonds, the suit bid.
K87
K875
7
J10764

The partnership agreement is that the bid of 3 after the double by the opponent shows a limit raise of Hearts and shows either a singleton or a void in Diamonds. As soon as this information has been exchanged, then the opener has the advantage of knowing precisely with one bid by partner the amount of support (generally 4-card support) and values (generally 5/6-9/10), plus the side suit shortage held by partner to make a better, more informed decision as to how to continue.

Note: Many partnership agreements include the stipulation that a limit raise be limited to a range between 7-10 high card points. However, this is a partnership understanding. Other evaluation methods, such as Losing Trick Count, by the partnership may be the more decisive element.

To show a Spade singleton or void in a bidding sequence following the opening by partner of 1 Heart, then the following shows the correct bidding sequence.

Note: Whether or not the partnership agrees to include the Minor suits remains a partnership agreement.

South   West   North   East   Meaning
1   Double           An immediate Takeout Double following an opening suit bid.
        2       Splimit Raise showing a limit raise in Hearts and also either a singleton or a void in Spades, the suit bid.
K875
QJ4
7
Q10964

Possible Splimit Responses following a Takeout Double

The possible Splimit bids following an opening bid in Hearts and a Takeout Double by the immediate opponent are listed below:

South   West   North   Meaning
1   Double   2   Splimit bid showing a limit raise (with generally 4-card support), and either a singleton or void in Spades.
        3   Splimit bid showing a limit raise (with generally 4-card support), and either a singleton or void in Clubs.
        3   Splimit bid showing a limit raise (with generally 4-card support), and either a singleton or void in Diamonds.

The possible Splimit bids following an opening bid in Spades and a Takeout Double by the immediate opponent are listed below:

South   West   North   Meaning
1   Double   3   Splimit bid showing a limit raise (with generally 4-card support), and either a singleton or void in Clubs.
        3   Splimit bid showing a limit raise (with generally 4-card support), and either a singleton or void in Diamonds.
        3   Splimit bid showing a limit raise (with generally 4-card support), and either a singleton or void in Hearts.

It is left to the partnership as to whether two or more variations of the Truscott Two No Trump conventional method can or may be combined. This understanding may be considered since the original version does not include any first responses on the three level, except the preemptive raise of partner's suit, and these bids are therefore idle bids and can be employed to convey other information. Whether or not the partnership agrees to employ this variation also for Minor suit openings is also a decision left to the partnership.

The student of this optional variation should be aware of the original Truscott Two No Trump conventional method and also of the variation Extended Truscott.

 

 

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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