By Peter Rhead
One of our readers has requested a review of the “Jacoby Transfer” convention (not to be confused with “Jacoby 2NT” convention): “Who should use it and when should it be used?”
What is in a name? The Jacoby Transfer convention, known just as “Transfer”, was promoted by the same Oswald Jacoby (d. 1984) of Texas who promoted Jacoby 2NT. It is amazing how one person can develop two such popular conventions.
The primary intention of the Transfer is to make a contract in which the best hand stays hidden. A Transfer is used only following a No-Trump opening (1NT or 2NT). It should be used by every partnership because it is easy to learn and very effective for better scores.
A Transfer is used by a responder to the 1NT or 2NT opening only if he has a five-card or better major suit or a six-card or better minor. It can be used with a hand of few points—even zero—because it is easier for opener to play a suit contract with a seven-card fit than in 1NT or 2NT, facing a weak dummy (opener usually will have at least two cards in the suit).
Responder bids the suit below his long suit. For example, after 1NT or 2NT opening, if responder has five Hearts, he bids Two Diamonds (or Three Diamonds if it is a 2NT opening.) Opener completes the transfer by bidding Two Hearts or Three Hearts. Now if the contract ends up in Hearts, the best hand, belonging to the declarer, is hidden and the weaker hand becomes dummy.
If Spades is the five-card suit, responder bids Two Hearts and opener bids Two Spades.
If transferring to a six-card minor, responder bids Two Spades. Opener bids Three Clubs and responder corrects, if necessary, to the Diamond suit, Three Diamonds. Some partnerships have an agreement to bid Three Clubs as a Transfer to Three Diamonds. This has the advantage of keeping the good hand (opener’s hand) hidden.
For more information, read “Jacoby Transfers” by Barbara Seagram in 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know, page 73.
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SOCIAL BRIDGE GAME IN HUNTSVILLE
AT THE SUMMIT CENTRE FOR ACTIVE LIVING, THURSDAYS 7PM
In the multi-purpose room 2nd floor (elevator) (back entrance of Summit Centre)
Just come – with or without a partner. Please arrive 10 minutes before game time. For information, contact Donna or Peter Tikuisis at 647 471 1774 or email@example.com.
This game will be played following Chicago Rules (allowing both fast and slow games). You will keep your same partner for the entire evening. Cost is $1.50 per person. Parking is outside the North Entrance opposite Heritage Village Railway Station.
PORT CARLING SOCIAL BRIDGE CLUB
Games for the Port Carling Social Bridge Club now for the Winter are Monday afternoon 1pm at the Port Carling Community Centre, 3 Bailey Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time.
For information, contact Andree or Scott 705-764-3827 firstname.lastname@example.org
Results for Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 1. Els Vandenberg & Peter Rhead 4460 points; 2. Joan & Len Frost 3530 points by 10 points!; 3. Louise Kirbyson & Mavis Hall 3520 points
HUNTSVILLE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games are Tuesday 7pm Trinity United Church 33 Main Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time. For partnerships and information call Jan Roberts 705 635-2522 or email email@example.com
The following winners are for Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 with 10 pairs playing a Mitchell Movement North-South 1. Vern Foell and Rod Dixon; 2. Joanne Garvey and Mary Simonett; 3. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; East-West 1/2. Susan Marshall and Jan Roberts; 1/2. Gerry VanLierop and Ron Groulx; 3. Liz Barnes and David Bryce
MUSKOKA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB (Bracebridge)
Games for the Bracebridge Club are Mondays 7pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road. Please arrive with your partner 10 minutes before game time. For information contact Brian at 705-645-5340 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The following winners are from Monday, Nov 4, 2019 with 11 pairs playing a Howell movement. 1. Mary Luke and Donna McIntosh; 2. Art Insley and Don Evans; 3. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 4. Joanne Garvey and Jim Smith; 5. Liz Barnes and David Bryce; 6. Lyn Walisser and Bev Howard
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