Truscott is a conventional defense to an artificial 1C opening bid. The convention named for the late Alan Truscott, expert player and longtime editor of the New York Times bridge column.

Over 1, the following actions all show two-suited hands:

Double Clubs and hearts
1 Diamonds and hearts
1 Hearts and spades
1 Spades and clubs
1NT Diamonds and spades
2 Clubs and diamonds


Advancer usually passes or corrects to the other suit. Lacking a fit, advancer can also bid a new 5+ card suit.

Truscott can also be employed over the negative 1 response, i.e. 1 - (Pass) - 1. The overcall structure is:

Double Diamonds and spades
1 Hearts and spades
1 Spades and clubs
1NT Clubs and hearts
2 Clubs and diamonds
2 Diamonds and hearts

See also

  • CRASH
    A defense against a strong 1 that uses ambiguous two-suited overcalls.

  • Mathe Defense to 1
    A defense against a strong 1 using Double for the majors and 1NT for the minors.

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