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Question
What does opening in a Short Club mean and can it have two responses for under 6 points; i.e., Pass or 1 Diamond?  If so, what is the advantage of the 1 Diamond bid?

Many thanks.

Stewart Fluney

"Short Club"  is an alertable bid, as it promises no more than two clubs, and in many instances, one club, and four diamonds.

(We are assuming that the "team" or pair is bidding a Major suit with at least 5 cards in that Major suit.)

Here is one interpretation of the 'Short" Club

Short Club

Opening Bids
1C = 2+ clubs (includes 15-19 HCP, balanced hands, 5+ club hands, and other hands with a singleton diamond)
1D = 4+ diamonds (unbalanced!)
1H = 5+ hearts
1NT = 12-14 HCP, balanced
2C = Strong (4 or fewer losers)
2D = Flannery (specifically 11-15 pts, 5 hearts & 4 spades)
2H/2S = Weak
2NT = 20-21 HCP, balanced
etc.

Responses to 1C
1D = at least one 4-card major ALERT
1H = 5+ hearts
1NT = 6-9 pts, no 4+ card major
2C/2D = 10+ pts, 5+ card bid suit (no 4+ card major)
2H = 5-9 pts, 5-5 in the majors ALERT
2S = 10-12 pts, 5-5 in the majors ALERT
2NT = 10-12 pts, balanced (no 4+ card major)
3C/3D = weak, 6+ good bid suit

Bidding after 1C - 1D
1H = 4 hearts
1S = 4 spades (no 4 hearts)
1NT = 15-17, balanced (no 4cM)
2NT = 18-19, balanced (no 4cM)
2C/3C = min/max, 6+ clubs (with 5-4 in C-D, we open 1D)

After 1C - 1D - 1H
1S = 4 spades (no 4 hearts)
2H/3H/4H = To play (weak point range with 4/5/6 hearts)

After 1C - 1D - 1S
1NT = 6-9, 4 hearts (no 4 spades)
2S/3S/4S = To play (weak with 4/5/6 spades)
2C/2D = 10+ pts, 5+ card suit (with 4 hearts)
2NT = 10-12 pts, balanced (with 4 hearts)

A little further...
After 1C - 1D - 1H - 1S
1NT = 15-17 balanced
2NT = 18-19 balanced
2C = minimum, 5+ clubs & 4 hearts
3C = maximum, 6+ good clubs & 4 hearts
2S = 15-17, balanced with 4-4 in the majors ALERT
3H = 18-19, balanced with 4-4 in the majors ALERT
2D = minimum, 4-4-1-4 or 4-4-0-5 shape
3D = maximum, 4-4-1-4 or 4-4-0-5 shape

After 1C - 1D - 1H - 1NT
2C = minimum, 5+ clubs & 4 hearts (not 4-4-0-5)
2D = minimum, 4-4-1-4 or 4-4-0-5 shape
2H = 15-17, balanced
2NT = 18-19, balanced
2S = maximum, 4-4-0-5 shape
3C = maximum, 5+ clubs
3D = maximum, 4-4-1-4 shape

After 1C - 1D - 1S - 2H
2S = minimum, 5+ clubs & 4 spades
2NT = 15-17, balanced
3C = 18-19, balanced
3D/3H = maximum, 5+ clubs & 4 spades, short in bid suit
3S = maximum, 4-2-2-5 shape

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It can become very 'convulated' !

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