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BW 2/1: Opener's 2M Rebid

What does it mean when you say you play “Two-over-one”? Unfortunately, there are differing opinions about what “Two-over-one” means, and what agreements it entails: which bids show extra strength, which show extra length, what kind of stoppers do notrump bids promise? A recent poll about forcing vs semiforcing 1NT shows how far modern thinking is from the 2/1 most of us learned. Bridge Winners decided it was time to partner with Larry Cohen and create a Bridge Winners Standard for 2/1.

The goal is for two players to be able to say “We play 2/1, Bridge Winners style” and be on the same page on their 2/1 agreements. For now we’re just focusing on the skeleton of the 2/1 system — they’ll still have to discuss their slam agreements and what they play over the opponents notrump, etc. Hopefully we’ll get to a full Bridge Winners Standard eventually, but for now we’ll start with the 2/1 framework.

Over the next few months we’ll be publishing a number of polls to get the sense of the community — what are people playing, what do they prefer. We need to make sure the system is coherent and playable, so we reserve the right to go against a poll if it serves the interest of the system. We’re aiming this at the intermediate-advanced audience. Think two players with 1000 masterpoints each playing a regional pairs game. We’ll likely develop an expert version if there is interest, so please note in comments if you’d choose differently for an expert standard.


The first topic we're going to cover is one of the most basic: opener's rebid of his major after a 2/1 response. For example, 1-2; 2. Should this promise 6, or could it sometimes be only 5?

Guarantees 6+
Is usually 6+, but can rarely be a 5-card suit if you are stuck
Is the default rebid -- often a 5-card suit, but not a terrible suit
Is the default rebid -- often a 5-card suit, even a terrible suit
Depends whether the opening was 1 or 1

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