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Thrump Double - Derived from the words "THRee  notRUMP", a specialized use of 3N useful after partner opens and Right Hand Opponent makes a preemptive 3 level bid (3D through 3S). When responder does not have a biddable 5 card major or a stopper yet holds at least 10 points, the Thrump Double allows game exploration.  Note: if opener began with a major suit, responder's Thrump Double denies 3 card support.

After responder makes a "Thrump Double"; here is an example illustrating opener's possible rebids:

1C - (3D) - X - (P);    Thrump Double
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Response

Meaning

3N

Opener promises a stopper

3H

Opener holds a 4 card Heart suit (perhaps Spades - up the line) but not a stopper

3S

Opener holds a 4 card Spade suit (not 4 Hearts)

Note: responder may have a long minor suit, choosing to rebid the suit as a signoff bid when opener does not have a stopper.

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