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THE DRURY CONVENTION
Definition: - A convention that uses an ARTIFICIAL 2C response by a PREVIOUSLY PASSED HAND
in response to a third-hand or fourth-hand opening of a Major suit by partner. The responder must have
11-12 HCPs; i.e., very nearly an opening bid, as well as primary support for partners Major suit.
Examples: P P lS(lH) P P P P lH(lS)
2C P 2C
Purpose: - To ask the opening bidder to clarify the strength of his/her opening bid; i.e., whether it be a
full (13-14 Points or better) or a sub‑minimum opening strength (11-12 Points) so as to seek the
possibility of game WITHOUT OVER‑BIDDING. The artificial 2C bid GUARANTEES support;
i.e., at least 3 cards for the opening bidder's Major suit. ‑
Example Hand: Q852 P P 1S P
Responses By The Opening Bidder:
a. If opener had a sub‑minimum opening hand (11-12 HCPoints), the opener then rebids an artificial 2D which signals less than a full opening HCP count.
Example: P P 1H P
2C P 2D
Note: The 2D artificial response may never be passed by the Drury bidder. If opener exhibits a sub-minimum hand by responding the artificial 2D bid, responded can then return to 2 of the Major.
b. If a full opening (13 or more) hand, opener rebids his/her major suit at the two (2) level if a
full opening hand (13‑14 points) ‑ or go directly the four (4) level if more than a full opening
hand; i.e., 15 HCpoints or more.
Examples: P P 1H P (or) P P 1S P
2C P 2H 2C P 4S
Rebids By The Drury Bidder:
a. If opener has signaled a full opening hand, the Drury bidder may then invite to game, or go
directly to the four (4) level if more than a minimum full opening hand.
Examples: P P 1S P (or) P P 1S P
2C P 2S P 2C P 2S P
3S P P P 4S P P P
b. If opener has signaled a sub‑minimum opening hand, the Drury bidder can then return to the
agreed-upon suit at the two level or compete to the three level, if so desired.
Examples: P P 1H P P P 1S P
2C P 2D P (or) 2C P 2D P
2H P P P 2S 3H P P
3S P P P