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Reverse Drury

Reverse Drury is an artificial bid of 2C used by a passed hand when his partner opens one of a major in the third seat. Some partnerships apply this to the fourth seat as well. By bidding 2C responder is showing a limit raise in the major suit and is asking his partner to describe the strength of his hand. A bid of 2 of the major is asking for a sign-off since it shows a light opening. Any other bid is encouraging.

Note:  Some partnerships reserve the 2D response to show an opening hand and specify that a 2H response denies a full opener but shows 5/4 shape.  My "preference" is that any response other than 2 of the major suit opened shows an opening hand or better.

Hand 1

 North
 spade A J 8
 heart K Q 8 4
 diamond J 7 4 3
 club 6 4

   South
 spade K Q 9 7 5
 heart A J T 7
 diamond A Q
 club 9 8

North
pass
2heart
4spade

East
pass
pass
all pass

South
1spade
2heart

West
pass
pass


South opens the bidding 1S. This partnership has agreed to play Reverse Drury. North has a limit raise in spades. Since South opened in the third seat North must determine if his partner opened light. He does this by bidding an artificial 2C* . When his partner shows a full opener -- North bids game knowing they have a double fit.



Hand 2

 North
 spade K 9 3 2
 heart K J T 2
 diamond A 9 6
 club 6 4

   South
 spade A Q J 7 4
 heart 8 7 6
 diamond K 7
 club J 8 7

North
pass
2heart
pass

East
pass
pass
all pass

South
1spade
2spade

West
pass
pass


South opens the bidding 1S in the third seat. This partnership has agreed to open light in the third seat so they have agreed to play Reverse Drury by bidding 2 Clubs. When South rebids his spades he is denying a full opener so North passes content to play in a part-score.

References:   Karen Walker's Bridge Site