Forcing Reverse?

In Standard American is 1-P-2-P-

2 a reverse showing extra values?

What about 2 over 1 ?

The all too common “partnership agreement” is your answer here. Most of my partners play that 2 by partner after responder has made a 2 over 1 response (whether playing 2 over 1 or standard American) is simply shape showing and does not show extras so 2NT by responder would NOT be forcing in Standard American. Of course, in 2 over 1, you are in a game force, but only a couple of my partners play that 2 guarantees extras (at least a King extra). And a few partners play Flannery to show the opening hand with 5 (or more) hearts and 4 spades. When playing Flannery as 11-15, the above sequence would definitely show extras–16 or more HCP.



  • Assuming that the 1 bid was in first or second seat, the 2 Club response is a game force bid, showing 4+ cards with some honor structure. Opener needs to make another bid and I would take 1 Spade as showing 4 Spades (or 5 if they are later rebid). You can draw some inferences from what opener did not bid…did not say NT, did not raise Clubs.

    If the 1 bid was in 3rd or 4th seat, then 2 Clubs may be a partnership agreement called Drury. This could show 10+ pts and either three or four card Spade support.

  • 2 is a reverse only if 2 was old fashioned standard, 10+ points, not game forcing