TRANSFER BIDS
  A Transfer Bid is an artificial bid that transfers the declarership from one player to the other. The objective of this bid is to hide the cards of the stronger hand of the partnership from your opponents. This is done by bidding the suit below the suit you want for trump. (see Codes and Cyphers.) Partner will bid the next higher suit, which is your suit, and become the declarer. 
     Transfer Bids are only made after a 1 or 2 No Trump opener. They permit the opening No Trump bidder to be the declarer. Thus the strong hand is not seen by the opponents. 

       PARTNER  ====> YOU
             1 No Trump              ?

w  If your long suit is Hearts (5 or more) then respond 
    2 Diamonds. (The next lower suit.)

w  If your long suit is Spades (5 or more) then respond 
    2 Hearts. (The next lower suit.) 

w  Partner is obligated to rebid in the nest higher ranking suit.
 

2 DIAMONDS 
transfers
 to  2 HEARTS
2 HEARTS 
transfers
 to 2 SPADES

w  Transfer bids can be made with 0 to 37 points.

w  Transfer bids are used when Partner opens 2 No Trump. 
    The process is the same except it is one level higher.


 
Transfer bids hide the cards of the strong hand (the No Trump opener) from the opponents.

 
  AFTER THE TRANSFER  
  PLAYER A              PLAYER B
   1 NT       ====>   transfer (2 H or 2 S)

H or 2 S ====>         ? 
Player A opens 1 NT and Player B transfers (bids 2 H or 2 S). Player A automatically bids the appropriate Major. It is now back to Player B. What next? Bridge is a game of decision   making. Sometimes the decisions are obvious; sometimes not. Good decisions are based on facts. Let us see what Player B knows. 
Fact 1: Since partner opened 1 NT, partner has 16 - 18 HCP’s and a balanced hand. 
Fact 2: Game should be bid if the combined points between Player A and Player B is 26+. 
Fact 3: The Golden Trump Fit is 8 cards of a suit in the combined hands.

The bidding situation is similar to the one above. Player A opens 1 NT and Player B transfers (bids 2 H or 2 S). Player A automatically bids the appropriate Major. Now it is Player B's second bid and Player A's
third bid. .
PLAYER B HAS PLAYER B BIDS PLAYER A REBIDS (1 NT opener)
10+ Points
Six card Major
H or 4 S Pass
10+ Points
Five card Major
3 NT Pass with doubleton in Major.
Bid 4 of the Major with three
cards or more in the Major
8 or 9 Points
Five card Major
2 NT.  Invite partner to bid game with a MAX MIN:  Pass with doubleton in Major. Bid 3 of the Major with three cards or more in the Major.
MAX: 3 NT with doubleton in Major. Bid 4 of the Major with three cards or more in the Major.
8 or 9 Points
Six card Major
3 of the Major MIN: Pass.  MAX: Bid 4 of the Major
Less  than 8 Points Pass The 1 NT opener will play
in 2 of the Major.

 
 QUIZ 16 TRANSFERS 
  WHAT IS YOUR OPENING BID
WITH THE FOLLOWING HANDS?
  1.  S  J 9 8 7 5 3
H  J 5
D  10 3 
C  9 7 6
6.  S  J 4
H  9 5 4 2
D  K J 10 8 5 
C  K 2
 
2. 

S  K 8 7 5
H  Q J 7 6 
D  A 5 
C  J 4 3

7. 

S  K 8 3
H  A 7 6 
D  Q 9 8 3 2
C  7 4
 
3. 

S  A Q J 9 8 7 
H  5 2 
D  K J 4 
C  7 4

8. 

S  K 8 7
H  Q 9 8 6 4 
D  --------- 
C  Q 7 6 4 2
 
4. 

S  Q 7
H  A 5 4
D  K 8 7 3 
C  Q 9 7 6

9. 

S  Q J 10 7 6 2
H  A J 5 4 
D  3 2 
C  8
 
5. 

S  K 8 7 
H  K Q 8 7 5 
D  7 6 
C  Q J 4

10. 

S  Q J 10 7 6
H  A J 5 4 3 
D  3 2 
C  8

ANSWERS to Quiz 16

 

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