Advanced Bridge

 

Lesson 7

 

 

“TWERB”

 

 

 

 

    Many Conventions exist used to interfere with, as a defense against, or to overcall subsequent to the opponents opening of a strong 1NT, 2NT, “2C”, or a Precision Strong “1C”.   These include, but are not limited to the Brozel, Capeletti, Astro, Landy, Ripstra, and the most recent, “DONT” Conventions.   Each has its advantages and disadvantages, all may be played over weak NT openings by the opponents as well.   Each can be used either in direct position only, else in both direct and balancing positions.

 

 

 

 

     The “Twerb” Convention (An acronym for “Two Way Exclusion Relay Bid”)  is perhaps the most versatile of them all, and this author advises its use in both the direct and balancing positions subsequent to the opponent’s opening bid of any of the afore-mentioned openings.  In all, there are but 10 (ten) possible hands that one would wish to bid in such a position; i.e., four (4) one-suited hands, and six (6) two-suited hands {four [4] with touching suits, and {two [2] with non-touching suits}.   Each of these ten possible hands can be presented with the “Twerb” Convention, while preserving the “Double” for an equivalent or better hand to either be converted to penalties by partner’s “Pass”, else rescued as necessary if partner is weak.  All bids by both the invoking and the responding partners are alertable  since they are artificial.  To be even more obstructive, if that be the intent, the invoking partner may jump a level by his/her invoking exclusion suit mentioned, and come in at the 3-level or even higher.  All subsequent bids are still in effect as per the below-mentioned bids.

 

 

 

The bids of the Twerb Convention are as follows:

 

a)     “Double” = An equivalent or better holding  - Partner may “Pass” thereby converting the double to penalties, else bid evidencing either a poor hand or one interested in game as opposed to penalties.

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b)     “2C” = Either a one-suited Diamond holding or a two-suited Heart and Spade

                  holding (5-5 or better) - Responder takes the relay of “2D” - Invoking     

                  partner may pass if Diamonds be his/her one-suiter, else bid “2H” if holding

                  both Hearts and Spades - Responder then chooses Hearts by Passing, else        

                  bids 2 Spades if that be preferred.  Note: “2C’ over a precision “1C” is not a 

                  Michaels bid for the Majors.

 

c)  “2D” = Either a one-suited Heart holding or a two-suited Spade and Club

                  holding (5-5 or better) - Responder takes the relay of “2H” - Invoking     

                  partner may pass if Hearts be his/her one-suiter, else bid “2S” if holding

                  both Spades and Clubs - Responder then chooses Spades by Passing, else  

                  bids 3 Clubs if that be preferred.  Note: “1D” could be used over a precision 

                  “1C”.

 

d)  “2H” = Either a one-suited Spade holding or a two-suited Club and Diamond

                  holding (5-5 or better) - Responder takes the relay of “2S” - Invoking     

                  partner may pass if Spades be his/her one-suiter, else bid “3C” if holding

                  both Clubs and Diamonds - Responder then chooses Clubs by Passing, else  

                  bids 3 Diamonds if that be preferred.  Note: “1H” could be used over a     

                  precision “1C”.

 

e)  “2S” = Either a one-suited Club holding or a two-suited Diamond and Heart

                 holding (5-5 or better) - Responder takes the relay of “3C” - Invoking     

                 partner may pass if Clubs be his/her one-suiter, else bid “3D” if holding

                 both Diamonds and Hearts - Responder then chooses Diamonds by Passing,

                 else bids 3 Hearts if that be preferred.  Note: “1S” could be used over a     

                  precision “1C”.

 

 

Note: That in b) through e) above, the bid taken by the invoking partner is the exclusion   

        suit and that which is actually held by the invoking partner is either a one-suiter above, else a two-suiter below the suit actually mentioned.

 

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f)       “2NT” = A non-touching two-suiter (5-5 or better) evidencing either Clubs and

                    Hearts or Diamonds and Spades. - Responding Partner then bids the lower-

                    ranking of his/her two longest suits.  Invoking Partner then either accepts if

                    that be one of his/her two suiters, else bids the cheapest of the other set of 

                    two suits held and Responder can then choose from that pair. Note: “1NT”  

                    could be used over precision “1C”.

 

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