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edited May 2007 in All Things Bridge
Is it a reverse? A question form a recent game with friends is unresolved please help! 1S, PASS, 2H, PASS, 3C. As the openers 2nd bid is lower ranking than their first, is it a reverse or just a natural 2nd suit? Does it show a strong hand or just a weak or moderate hand in Standard English ACOL? Advise welcomed please as we all discussed at great length!


  • edited 11:13AM
    The formal definition of a Reverse is this. If opener bids two suits and if it is necessary for responder to give preference to the first suit at the three level, then this is a reverse. It is strong (normally 16+ pts.) it is forcing and forcing to game if response is at the 2 level. Normally, opener has more cards in the first suit than the second. However, in the example quoted , which is known as a high order reverse, opener could have 5 cards in each suit. Alternatively, because it is a forcing bid,opener might only have CAK. Note that the sequence 1C NB 1D NB 1S is not a Reverse even though the second suit is higher ranking than the first. Responder can give preference with 2C. (TV)
  • edited 11:13AM
    For years there have been arguments about what does and what does not constitute a reverse to the confusion of generations of beginners. Using the Barrier principle the term "reverse" is redundant.

    It's so simple. If you bid above your barrier you are showing 16+ and the bid is forcing.
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