Jordan 2NT (aka Truscott 2NT) is an artificial limit raise by responder. It is used when partner opens 1-major and the opponents make a takeout double:


Opener    
1

RHO
Double    

Responder    
2NT*


In this auction, 2NT shows 4 spades and 10-12 points. This frees up the jump raise of 3 to be a weak, preemptive raise (4 spades, 5-9 points).

With a natural 2NT bid (balanced shape, 10-12 points), responder simply redoubles over the opponent's double.


Opener's Rebids

Opener's rebids are natural, barring any other agreed conventions. Note that opener's rebids are the same if the opponents pass or bid over 2NT.

  • 3 : Shows 13+ points. Forcing to at least 3-major. Depending on partnership agreement, it shows one of the following types of club suits:
    • Natural (by default), showing 4+ clubs.
    • Help Suit Game Try (showing 3-4 clubs) asking responder to bid game with strong clubs.
    • Short Suit Game Try (showing a singleton) asking responder to bid game if he does not have wasted club values.

  • 3 : Shows 13+ points. Forcing to at least 3-major. Depending on partnership agreement, it shows one of the following types of diamond suits:
    • Natural (by default), showing 4+ diamonds.
    • Help Suit Game Try (showing 3-4 diamonds) asking responder to bid game with strong diamonds.
    • Short Suit Game Try (showing a singleton) asking responder to bid game if he does not have wasted diamond values.

  • 3 : If opener originally bid 1, then this is a signoff.

    If opener originally bid 1, then this is natural, showing 13+ points (game-invitational values). Forcing for one round.

  • 3 : If opener originally bid 1, then this is a signoff.

    If opener originally bid 1, then this is natural, showing a good 14+ points and 4+ spades. Since opener has bypassed 3, this is forcing to game.


Responder's Rebids

  • If opener has signed off in 3/, then responder must pass.

  • If opener has bid a new suit, responder can sign off in 3/ with 10-11 points. With a maximum 11-12 points, responder can bid 4/.


Origins

This convention is known by two appellations for two American inventors: Robert Jordan and Alan Truscott.

See also

  • Baron 2NT
    A strong balanced response to a 1-level suit opener.

  • Bergen Raises
    A method of raising 1/ opening bids that includes weak jump raises.

  • Limit Raises
    A major suit jump raise that shows game-invitational values and 4-card support.

  • Jacoby 2NT
    A 2NT response to 1/ showing game-forcing support.

  • Splinters
    A double-jump shift to show unbalanced, game-forcing support in response to a major suit.

  • Truscott Defense to 1
    Another convention by Alan Truscott. For defending against a strong 1.

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