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now describe an invitational hand with mum and four trumps).
four spades, offering opener the choice of When responder has transferred to a
playing in spades at the two level or minor, opener can essentially ignore the CLUB PLAYER’S
higher, or 2NT or 3NT. With the values for double, bidding 2NT/3® with a negative
game, responder will simply rebid 3NT, holding in partner’s minor, and 3®/3t BIDDING QUIZ
which will still show four spades since with a positive holding.
responder could simply raise 1NT to 3NT If the opponents overcall (rather than ON each of the following problems,
with no interest in the majors. doubling), opener should tend to pass you are West. What should you bid
(whether responder has transferred to with each hand on the given auction?
Example a major or minor) and only bid when Julian Pottage gives the correct
holding a maximum hand with four-card
answers on page 32.
Here is an example of (minor-suit) trans- support.
fers in action:
Are transfers only useful after
an opening bid of 1NT? Hand 1 W N E S
´ A76 ´ 52 ´Q63 1t Pass 1´ Pass
™ K85 N ™ A42 Major-suit transfers can also be used after ™ A Q 10 ?
t QJ64 S t 73 an opening bid of 2NT, a rebid of 2NT tAK87
® K83 ® A Q 10 7 6 2 after a 2® opening and a 2NT overcall of ® 10 9 6
an opponent’s Weak Two bid. (In these
cases many partnerships use a 3´ response
West East to show both minors and doubt about
1NT 2´1 playing in 3NT.) Four-suit transfers are Hand 2 W N E S
3®2 3NT also helpful after an overcall of 1NT over ´KQJ86 1´
Both Pass an opponent’s one-level opening bid. ™A6 ?
1 At least six clubs t K J 10 8
2 Positive for clubs ®K 3
Transfers in competition
• A popular treatment is to use 2´ as
Can transfers be used after intervention? a transfer to clubs and 2NT as a Hand 3 W N E S
The answer is no. Once an opponent over- transfer to diamonds. This allows ´73 1™ Pass 2´ Pass
calls partner’s 1NT opening, standard responder to sign off at the three ™AKQJ32 ?
transfer agreements no longer apply, so level, to invite game, or to inves- tJ5
responder bids his suit at the lowest level tigate for slam when holding a two- ®Q82
to compete, or jumps in his longest suit suited hand.
with at least five cards and the values for • Opener can distinguish between
game. hands with positive and negative
What if the opponents intervene after a holdings in responder’s suit by Hand 4 W N E S
transfer response has already been made? making use of the extra bid afford- ´5 1t Pass 1™ Pass
Let us first consider what happens when ed by this style of transfer response. ™A53 2® Pass 2NT Pass
responder’s transfer bid is doubled. If the • The major disadvantage of the loss tAJ876 ?
responder has transferred to a major (by of an invitational raise to 2NT is ®A K 8 2
bidding 2t or 2™), then standard practice dealt with through the use of non-
is for the opener to pass when holding a promissory Stayman, whereby a 2®
doubleton in partner’s major, and to response to 1NT no longer promises
‘complete’ the transfer by bidding 2™/2´ a four-card major if the responder Hand 5 W N E S
when holding three or more cards in bids 2NT over opener’s 2t, 2™ or ´A842 1t Pass 2t
partner’s suit (opener can still ‘break’ the 2´ rebid. r ™KQ32 ?
transfer by bidding 3™/3´ with a maxi- tA82
NEW HANDICAP SYSTEM FOR BRIGHTON CONGRESS
A NEW handicap system is being considered for some of the mid-week events at Brighton this
year. The idea is to encourage lesser players to try their luck against the experts. Life Masters Hand 6 W N E S
will only be allowed one Double card in their bidding box. They will have to decide whether
´QJ4 1NT Pass 2NT Pass
to use it to double for take-out early in the auction, or save it for a penalty double later. In addi-
tion, Grand Masters will have no 3NT card, obliging them to bid to the four level to try and ™AK7 ?
make game in no-trumps – and thereby run the risk that they will find out how many aces their t8764
partner holds. The idea has been presented to the Tournament Committee. ®Q J 3
‘We are always on the look-out for interesting and innovative ideas,’ said Committee
Chairman Andrew Petrie, adding that he had no doubt that the Tournament Committee would
vote unanimously on it at their meeting in early April.
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