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|Defense to a Strong Club|
Defense Against a Strong Club
Your opponents are using either Precision or some other form of a strong club opening and you want a method of showing a two-suited hand...
The Mathe convention is simple, easy to remember and makes it easier to defend against a strong and artificial club opening. There's not a great deal wrong with it, but it's not complete.
Why? Because although you can bid both majors or both minors, there are four combinations of major-minors with no way to show them using the Mathe convention.
Better than Mathe
Some players believe that the structure should be reversed and that one-level overcalls should show single-suited hands and jump overcalls should use a modified version of the agreement above to show two-suited hands. There are good arguments for both methods, so if you decide to play this you have a choice.
Not many players are willing to overcall a standard 2 bid showing 22+ points, but this Better than Mathe convention might be what you are looking for when you have that rare two-suited hand and want to compete.
If you would like a more complete explanation of the Mathe agreement try: