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Drury - A method where responder rebids 2C after an initial pass to explore game when one partner opens a major suit in third (perhaps fourth) seat possibly with light values and other partner is holding game invitational values.  Due to its popularity, several variations of the Drury convention are in use:

Standard Drury

Auction

Meaning

  P - (P) - 1H/S - (P);
2C - (P) -

2C is artificial, showing 10-12 points and 3+ trump support. The bid asks partner, who opened with a major in third-seat partner, to respond according to the following conventional agreement:

Opener Rebids

2 Diamonds

Warns inviting partner that third seat opener was made with sub-opening values, asking partner to make a signoff bid in two of partner's major suit unless responder has extraordinary values.

2 Hearts/Spades

Provides partner a positive response that third seat opener was based on a true opening hand, advising partner to pick the best game contract.

 

Reverse Drury - An extension to Drury.  While responder's 2 Club bid still shows 10-11 points, opener's rebids are reversed from traditional Drury; using Reverse Drury, rebidding 2 of opener's major suit shows a weak hand (fast denies, slow shows).  Of course, opener can rebid game or make another strong action to show opening values.  Partnership agreements are needed to define opener's 2D rebid, seemingly showing an opening hand but needing further information from passed hand responder.  Reverse Drury is consistent with other "fast arrival" methods ("slow shows, fast denies" values).

Auction

Meaning

   P - (P) - 1H/S - (P);
 2C - (P) -

Same as Standard Drury

Opener Rebids

2 Hearts/Spades
(rebidding Major suit)

Warns inviting partner that third seat opener was made with sub-opening values, asking partner to make a signoff bid in two of partner's major suit.

2 Diamonds
("Slow Shows" values)

Provides partner a positive response that third seat opener was based on a true opening hand, advising partner to pick the best game contract. 

Note: some prefer to reserve this treatment to advise responder game is still questionable, perhaps opening with a 4 card major or wasted values (many Queens and Jacks)

 

Two Way Reverse Drury ("Bergen" Drury)

Auction

Meaning

   P - (P) - 1H/S - (P);
 2C - (P) -

2C is artificial, showing 10-12 points and exactly 3 card trump support. The bid asks partner, who opened with a major in third-seat partner, to respond according to the following conventional agreement:

   P - (P) - 1H/S - (P);
 2D - (P) -

2D is artificial, showing 10-12 points and 4+ trump support. The bid asks partner, who opened with a major in third-seat partner, to respond according to the following conventional agreement:

Opener Rebids

2 Hearts/Spades

Warns inviting partner that third seat opener was made with sub-opening values, asking partner to make a signoff bid in two of partner's major suit.

2 Diamonds
("Slow Shows" values)

Provides partner a positive response that third seat opener was based on a true opening hand, advising partner to pick the best game contract.

Note: Several Drury rebid variations are used by some partnership, including game and slam try methods, splinter methods, etc.  Partnerships should also consider Drury methods when opening in fourth seat, as well as overcalls by Left Hand Opponent.

Experience (disaster) has shown special discussion is required on this auction when playing Two Way Reverse Drury:

  P - 1H/S;
2C - 2D
          What is 2D?  Some play a full opener with no game interest.
                     Maybe opener is advising responder game is still questionable,
                     perhaps opening with a 4 card major or wasted values
                     (many Queens and Jacks)

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