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Transfers in Competition

In a Nutshell

In the mid 1970s the usual expert way to cope with an overcall of partner’s 1 NT opening involved the Lebensohl convention — an artificial 2 NT response which forced 3 C by opener, then responder could pass or show various hand types. A serious flaw in this was the loss of the transfer aspect (unless responder has clubs), which is even more important after an overcall.

My solution was to define all bids from 2 NT through 3 H as transfers to the next higher suit, with the provision that transferring to the enemy suit becomes Stayman. Since a bid of 3 S is no longer needed, I use it artificially to ask for a stopper.

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Details

West
1 NT
2 NT
North
Dbl
Dbl
East
?
?
South
 




Call
Redouble

Other
Meaning
rescue with one minor suit; opener
 should bid clubs
entire system on

After an enemy suit overcall, a different structure is incorporated as described below. Competitive transfer bids show game interest if suit could be bid naturally at the 2 level; else they may be weak.

West
1 NT
1 NT
2 NT
North
2 X
3 X
3 X
East
?
?
?
South
 
 
















Call
Pass

Double

2 of suit

2 NT thru 3 H


3 S
3 NT
4 C
4 D, 4 H

4 NT
Meaning
forcing after 2 NT opening; opener
 should usually double (optional)
penalty at 2 level
negative at 3 level
takeout if shown by enemy
natural if not shown; NF
transfer to suit above, or “Stayman” if
 next higher suit was naturally bid
 (not implied) by the overcaller
asks for stopper in enemy shown suit
sign-off
Gerber (even if nonjump)
transfer to major above, or splinter slam
 try if next higher suit is enemy suit
quantitative

West
1 NT
North
2 NT*
East
?
South

*minors




Call
Double
3 C
Other
Meaning
creates forcing auction
Stayman (not puppet)
as above

Rebids by opener:

West
1 NT
?
North
Bid
East
Xfr
South
P




Call
Complete Xfr
Jump raise
3 NT
Meaning
normal action
maximum; good fit
maximum; good stopper

West
1 NT
?
North
2 X
East
Sta
South
P




Call
Cue-bid
3 unbid major
3 NT
Meaning
no stopper; no unbid major
4+ cards
stopper; no unbid major

West
1 NT
?
North
Bid
East
3 S
South
P




Call
3 NT
4 of suit
Cue-bid
Meaning
stopper in enemy suit
4+ cards; no stopper; NF
maximum; no stopper; GF

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