M J Bridge
Quest transfers are, I believe, the brain-
They are an alternative to better known methods of showing invitational and game-
These bids are all but unknown in the bridge-
Invitational or better -
Quite simply, in this method you start with a Stayman enquiry, and if a fit is not immediately forthcoming you will rebid three of the suit below your five-
In response, partner will:-
complete the transfer at the three-
bid 3NT if strong enough to accept the invitation but with only two-
make a control-
A Q 8 6
K Q 8 7 3
Partner opened 1NT.
You have 4-
Start with a Stayman 2♣ enquiry, intending to rebid 3♦ over a 2♦ response. Partner can then choose between 3♥, 3NT and a cue-
Partner opened 1NT.
You are 5-
If playing Quest start by bidding 2♣ (Stayman), intending to rebid 3♥ over a 2♦ response.
Partner can then choose between 3♠, 3NT, and a cue-
A Q T 8 6
K Q 8 3
Intermediate and above
This page last revised 16th Nov 2019
Because Quest has already dealt with both invitational and game-
It is strongly recommended that you should extend your two-
This will both add some flexibility to your treatment of such hands, and will also free up the sequence 1NT, 2♣, 2♦, 2♠.
An early addition to the method should be two-
To go along with this you will have to play non-
Note that if you were previously playing simple four-
Also recommended is that you should add Texas transfers or South African Texas transfers to your repertoire.
This will allow even greater definition between the various hand-
For a way of distinguishing between the various sequences to four of a major see single-
See the page 5-
Five minor and four major
Because the 1NT, 2♣, 2♦, 3♦ is now taken up by a Quest sequence I have used the transfer and new suit sequences to show these hands.
See the page single-
Isn’t that enough?
If you choose just to adopt the suggestions above and add in some simple interpretation for immediate responses at the three-
But if your choice is to add greater precision as you show various hand-
How complicated you wish to make your system -
In particular you may well choose to consider:-
alternative uses for immediate responses at the three-
the sequences 1NT, 2♣, 2x, 2♠ and 1NT, 2♦, 2♥, 2♠;
and extended Stayman sequences -
What follows is just one set of choices.
It tends towards the maximum complication end of the spectrum.
Feel free to agree a simpler, or just a different, set of methods.
I have not so far included a method for the invitational hand with a five-
In the following I have allocated two sequences to show these hands:-
1NT, 2♣, 2x, 2♠ invitational with five spades and a four-
1NT, 2♦, 2♥, 2♠ invitational with five hearts and a four-
Alternatively, there is something to be said for just ignoring the hand-
This approach has the particular advantage of releasing the two spare sequences for you to allocate as you wish.
Immediate responses at the three-
There are numerous possibilities (see three-
On the example page which follows I have allocated all of the three three-
The sequence 1NT, 2♦, 2♥, 2♠
deserves special consideration.
As indicated above, I have in the following allocated this sequence to showing an invitational hand with five hearts and a four-
All sorts of alternative allocations are possible -
I would certainly consider Walsh relays to initiate a slam-
To go along with any one of these choices you will have to play non-
Extended Stayman sequences
I have chosen to play the sequences 1NT, 2♣, 2x, 3♣ as minor suit Stayman.
This is a useful device on occasion. There are other ways of doing it.
Agreeing partner’s major
A useful device is to follow a Stayman enquiry and a major suit response with a bid at the three-
If you have adopted all of the suggestions above then the sequences
1NT, 2♣, 2♦, 3♠
1NT, 2♦, 2♥, 3♠
1NT, 2♥, 2♠, 3♥
will have become available for any purposes you might choose.
Of course, it goes without saying that they had meanings assigned in the original version of this method.
Make any additions or changes you like -
The only real downside is that you might prefer a method of showing the game-
My feeling is that the basic form of Quest, as above, is excellent at anywhere below the highest level, particularly if most of your bridge is played at pairs scoring, and I recommend it as such.
Alternatively, if the consideration above concerns you then I will offer you my own variation. which retains the 3♦ rebid to promise five hearts, but plays both of the original Quest transfers as strictly invitational and reinstates two of the sequences above to show the game-
On the next page you will find a table which incorporates all of the choices made above.
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