M J Bridge
This extension of the basic ideas of transfers as encapsulated in ‘red-
All the sequences available with red-
In addition this convention provides similar facilities for hands which are minor-
To achieve all of this we need do no more than add two bids to our system of red-
In response to an opening bid of 1NT from partner:-
2♣ is Stayman, as before;
2♦ instructs partner to bid 2♥ and promises at least a five-
2♥ instructs partner to bid 2♠, and promises at least a five-
2♠ instructs partner to bid 3♣, and promises at least a six-
3♣ instructs partner to bid 3♦, and promises at least a six-
If our suit happens to be a major we can show any one of:-
a weak take-
an invitational raise on a six-
an invitational balanced hand with a five-
and some hands with at least 5-
by doing nothing more than making a transfer bid as above and then making an appropriate subsequent bid.
If our suit is a minor we have a similar set of options, although we may choose to redefine a raise of the minor-
To do this you simply transfer and then pass.
a weak transfer into a five-
a weak take-
a weak take-
This is an extreme example of when you might choose to make a weak take-
T 9 8 7 6 5 2
Partner opened 1NT.
Your hand might make a few tricks in a club contract -
Bid 2♠ -
Partner will bid 3♣ and you will pass.
If your choice of final contract might be 3NT then in the context of simple four-
If all you want to do is play in 3NT then just bid it directly in the first place.
Five minor and four major (but note the last paragraph below)
The unbalanced game-
Too often you or your partner will be forced to guess at the best game contract, and it won’t always be the correct guess.
Suppose you have sufficient for game, then which of the three possible destination contracts -
The answer is -
Simply tell partner exactly what you have got and then leave him to make the choice.
An excellent improvers’ method is simply to transfer into your minor and then follow with a natural and forcing bid in the major
If that doesn’t help partner to judge the final contract correctly then what does?
This method is both effective and intuitive.
However, I have to admit that this interpretation of this sequence is not the choice of most expert partnerships.
The alternative approach will be found under ‘intermediate and beyond’ along with a brief evaluation of the two methods.
This page last revised 16th Oct 2019
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