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Rubens Advances - A transfer method used by the advancer in a competitive auction where partner overcalls in the second seat, making the same level suit bid (1 through 3 level). Example:

(1D) - 1S - (P) - ?

Advancers Bid
(1D) - 1S - (P) - ?

Overcaller Rebids
 

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 1N;
Natural, balanced/stopper

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 1N;
(P)   -  ?  
 Any, based on hand evaluation

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 2C;
Partnership agreement

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 2C;
(P)   -  ?   
Natural or limit plus raise (agreement)

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 2D;
Transfer request to Hearts

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 2D;
(P)   -  ?

2H

Accept  with minimum

3H

Accept with good support

3D

Cuebid accept with maximum support

2S

Deny support with long suit

3C

Support with 2 suited hand

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 2H;
Spade raise, defensive values

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 2H;
(P)   -  ?    
Any, based on hand evaluation

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 2S;
Spades, poor defensive values

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 2S;
(P)   -  ?    
Usually Pass

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 2N;
Natural, balanced/stopper usually shows 2 Spade support

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 2N;
(P)   -  ?  
 Pass, 3S or 3N based on hand evaluation

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 3C;
Western Cuebid

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 3C;
(P)   -  ?  
 Asks overcaller to bid 3N with a stopper

With invitational or stronger hands the advancer may initially make a transfer request, then make a rebid:

(1D) - 1S - (P) - 2D;
(P)   - 2H - (P) - ?

Responder's
Rebid

Meaning

2S

Spade support and a Diamond suit with constructive values

3S

Spade support and a Diamond suit with highly invitational values

3H

Very good Hearts with highly invitational values

4D

Very good Hearts, Spade support, and Diamond control, slam interest

Note: Check with the regulating body to validate usage of Rubens Advances in duplicate play.  At one time, the ACBL's instructions were:

Rubens Advances are permitted by the General Chart if the bid was made after the opening bidder's rebid.

Before the opening bidder's rebid, Rubens Advances are permitted under the  Mid-Chart."

Partners should develop agreements to handle systems on/systems off scenarios, such as when opener's partner makes a call; many play Ruben Advances are still on provided opponent's suit is a lower denomination than overcaller's suit; if responder makes a double, advancer's redouble may incorporate methods such as the Rosencrantz Double.

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