In the original Roman system, a 2D opening showed any 4441 hand with 17-20 hcp. The responses were the same as in their mini-Roman 2C opening: new suits were signoffs (opener runs if that suit is their singleton), and 2N is their strong inquiry (opener rebids their singleton).
Today, most players play that a 2D opening shows any 4441 hand with 16-20 hcp. Some include 5440 hands, where the five carder is a minor. Also, some players have decided that after the inquiry: 2D - 2N; opener rebids in the suit below their singleton:
3C (diamond), 3D (heart), 3H (spade), 3S (club).
The Blue Club system uses the 2D opening to show any 4441 hand with 17-24 hcp. 2S is an attempted signoff; 2N shows any bad six card suit; and 3 of a suit shows a good six carder (headed
by at least AJ). 2H is used an inquiry; the rebids are:
2D - 2H;
2S : 17-20, either major singleton
2N : 17-20, club singleton
3C : 17-20, diamond singleton
3D/3H/3S/3N : 21-24, singleton in next suit (3N = clubs)
After the inquiry, responder can signoff at any time except in the relay suit (opener's short suit, except 2N over 2D-2H; 2S is considered the relay).
For 17-20 hands, (except for the 2D-2H; 2S auction... see below)
The first relay ask asks for the range:
- first step 17-18
- second step 19-20
The second relay asks for controls:
- first step 3
- second step 4
- third step 5, etc.
The third relay asks for the number of queens:
- first step 0
- second step 1
- third step 2
For 21-24 hands, The first relay asks for the number of controls:
- first step 5
- second step 6
- third step 7, etc
The second relay asks for the number of queens.
Over the 2S rebid, 2N is used as a further inquiry:
2D - 2H;
2S - 2N;
3C : 17-20, heart singleton. 3H is used as a further inquiry into the strength: 3S (17-28), 3N (19-20).
3D : 17-18, spade singleton
3H : 19-20, spade singleton
Over these response, the next relay asks for controls; then another relay asks for number of queens.