Truscott 2NT Response -
When your Partner opened or
and your RH Opponent makes an
Take-out Double, you can show trump support with 10+ points, with a Response of
This is the so-called Truscott 2NT Response. It makes it very difficult for your LH Opponent (the Advancer) to make a bid.
With 10-12 points, balanced but no trump support Redouble first, then bid 2NT at your next turn.
The Redouble can also used for other 10+ hands with no clear response bid available.
All direct suit raise Responses show
weak hands of 6-10 pts.
The various Responses
are shown below.
2NT = Truscott 2NT : 10+ HCP and 3+
trumps (10 pts and 8 Losers)
RDBL = Truscott Redouble : 10+ HCP, no trump support (10 pts and 8 Losers)
a rebid of 2NT shows 10-12 pts, balanced hand, stopper in Enemy suit
(Do not use the RDBL when playing the Power 2♣ and 2♦ responses !)
(DBL) - 2♥ = 6-10 HCP and 3
trumps (10 pts and ≥ 9 Losers)
(DBL) - 3♥ = 6-10 HCP and 4+
trumps (no singleton or
void, usually 8 losers)
1♥ - (DBL) - 3♥
1♥ - (DBL) -
3♥ = 2-5 HCP and 4+ trumps, singleton or
(2♣) - 4♥ = 6-10 HCP and 4+
trumps, singleton or void
(DBL) - 4♣ = Splinter raise : 11+ HCP and 4+
trumps, singleton or void in the suit bid
? = All new suit bids
retain their normal value
Opener's replies to Partner's 2NT Response are :
(DBL) - 2NT → =
Minimum Opening 11-13
Responder will bid on with 13+ points
(DBL) - 2NT → =
Minimum Opening 14-15
Responder will bid on with 16+ points
(DBL) - 2NT →
(RKC Blackwood) = Strong Opening 16+ points
After Responder's Truscott Redouble the 4th player (Advancer) is forced to make a bid.
Opener should Pass after that, as Responder will be assured of another bid (usually 2NT or DBL). All further Doubles are Penalty Doubles !
Opener only bids when holding a hand unsuitable for defensive play, such as a 2-suited 5-5+ hand.
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