The origin of this conventional method is unknown. The basis of the concept is the Weak Two bid in either Major suit with the original opening showing a specified suit. The opening can have several meanings, which are then clarified by the rebids.
As indicated the originator of the Tiroler Berg Weak Two Bids remains unknown. However, the originator must have been born in that area between Austria and Italy named Tirol, which has several world-famous mountains or Berge or montange.
Note: Any contribution or offer of additional information as to the origin of this conventional method would be greatly appreciated.
Tirol, or Tirolo in Italian, also written as South Tyrol, is a comune (Italian) or Gemeinde (Austria) in the province of South Tyrol, in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol in northern Italy. As a matter of accuracy it must be noted that this area is a geographical entity, which is known as the State of Tyrol in Austria and also as South Tyrol, which is a province in northern Italy.
The name itself derives from the family of Count Meinhard II of Gorizia-Tyrol, which dates back to the 12th century. This family and all following family members dwelled in the castle built on the original site from before 1100 BCE. Today the Castle Tyrol contains the South Tyrolean Museum of History.
Tiroler Weak Two Bids
The following schematic illustrates the concept.
2 : Promises a Weak Two bid showing Spades, or promises a Weak Two bid promising Hearts and an unknown Minor suit. 2 : Promises a Weak Two bid showing Hearts, or promises a Weak Two bid promising Spades and an unknown Minor suit.
2 : To play after a 2 opening. The opener rebids the Minor suit when holding Hearts and a Minor suit 2 NT: To play in Hearts. The opener rebids the Minor suit when holding Spades and a Minor suit.
If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.
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