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Practice Jacoby Transfers


Bidding

Partner opens the bidding 1NT. Looking at your hand you see a four card major and a 5 card major, with this holding and points you definitely prefer game in a major suit. Knowing partner has at least 2 cards in spades and in hearts you make a Jacoby Transfer bid, 2H. This is because you must have a 5 card suit to make a transfer bid, you can rebid you hearts in a later round. Partner bids 2S but you have no idea of how many cards they have in spades, so you will show them that you have 4 hearts by rebidding 3H (a natural bid this time) after bidding 3H partner prefers your hearts and bids game.

Acol Bidding

Partner opens the bidding 1NT. Looking at your hand you see a four card major and a 5 card major, with this holding and points you definitely prefer game in a major suit. Knowing partner has at least 2 cards in spades and in hearts you make a Jacoby Transfer bid, 2H. This is because you must have a 5 card suit to make a transfer bid, you can rebid you hearts in a later round. Partner bids 2S but you have no idea of how many cards they have in spades, so you will show them that you have 4 hearts by rebidding 3H (a natural bid this time) after bidding 3H partner prefers your hearts and bids game.

Your Plan

Dummy goes down and yo count your losers> None in spades, 1 in hearts 1 in diamonds and 1 in clubs. This contract looks secure. Plan to draw trumps, lose your losers and run the rest of your winners.

The Play

A diamond lead, win and next draw a round of trumps, a diamond is led back, lose to the KD and win the diamond return. Two more rounds of trumps draws them all out, running all your spades still leaves you with 1 club loser, lose that and the contract is made.

Comment

In a 3NT contract in this instance you will still make 10 tricks, but it's generally safer and better to be in a major suit contract 4S/4H than in 3NT if you have a fit.

NOTE: The above commentary is intended as a guideline only. As with any Bridge hand there are many ways to bid and play any hand. Beginners should also make extensive use of the 'Hint' button. The hints are computer generated and quite conservative, but are often useful if you are looking for a good suggestion.

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