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Flannery 2 Diamonds - An opening bid of 2D shows an opening hand (11-15 points) with four Spades and five Hearts.  The Flannery bid was developed to allow a 4-5 major suit distribution without making an initial call of 1 Heart, followed by opener's rebid of 2S (when play 16+ point Reverses).

   Responder's Calls:

Bid

Typical Meaning

2 Hearts

Weak signoff Hand

2 Spades

Weak signoff Hand

3 Minor

Game-invitational in the responder's minor suit (6+ and 11-13 HCP), suggesting a 3N game

3 Major
 

 

Game-invitational in responder's suit.
                                                    Opener rebids:  Pass - signoff with minimum values
                                                                             4 Major - 14-15 points, to play


Advanced partnership treatment - Responder begins with 2N, then 3H/S to show invitational values

                                                    With advanced treatment, responder's 3H/3S is game forcing
Opener rebids after responder's 3H/3S: 4H/4S - signoff with minimum values
                                                             RKC or 1430 response with extras, especially controls

4C

Transfer opener to 4H (responder determines the opener should play the hand)

4D

Transfer opener to 4S (responder determines the opener should play the hand)

   Opener rebids after responder's 2N game-invitational call include:

Bid

Typical Meaning

3C

Showing 4-5-1-3 distribution

3D

Showing 4-5-3-1 distribution

3H

Showing 4-5-2-2 distribution with minimum hand

3S

Showing 4-5-2-2 distribution with maximum hand

3N

Showing 4-5-2-2 distribution with high cards in minor Suits

4C

Showing 4-5-0-4 distribution

4D

Showing 4-5-4-0 distribution

Possible defenses to 2D Flannery:

Method 1:

(2D) - ?

X

Showing a 5+ card Diamond suit, similar to a 2D call over 1H

2H

Three-suited takeout, similar to a Double over opponent's 1H call

2S

Minor suit takeout

2N

Similar to a Natural 1 Notrump with stoppers in Hearts

Other

Natural bids, to play (3H is Western Cuebid, asking for a Heart stopper)

Method 2:

X

15+ HCP, balancing

2H

Three-suited takeout, similar to a Double over opponent's 1H call

2N

Minor suit takeout

Other

Natural bids, to play (3H is Western Cuebid, asking for a Heart stopper)

 

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