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Just Because You Play Transfers Doesn’t Mean You Should Always Use Them – Sky Bridge Club

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Transfers can be a useful tool for describing awkward hands after partner has opened 1NT.

Here’s a short lesson on transfers for those new to the convention http://skybridgeclub.com/learn/transfers/

Transfers can also be used to get the strong hand as declarer. If you’re going to bid game you can either transfer and bid game or bid game yourself. Who do you want to be declarer?

48 Comments

  1. Hey @graeme – just because you have a hammer, should you bang on every wall you see?


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  2. Profile photo of jcowie jcowie says:

    computer wouldn’t let me bid transfers – N passed when I bid 2D so I had to reveal and go straight to 4H – the issues of transfers was decided for me, by the computer!

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 4
    P P P

  3. Profile photo of jcowie jcowie says:

    computer wouldn’t let me bid transfers – N passed when I bid 2D so I had to reveal and go straight to 4H – the issues of transfers was decided for me, by the computer!

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 4
    P P P

  4. Profile photo of brentonc brentonc says:

    4H making 5, nice way to end the day here in NZ.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    1 1N 3 4
    P P P

  5. Profile photo of tommyswami4 tommyswami4 says:

    @graeme – I see no settings to allow for Gerber. Am I missing something? It is a pretty useful tool.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  6. Profile photo of newtz2001 newtz2001 says:

    Hehe managed a cheeky twelfth trick by running my trumps at the end and discarding a club in dummy which prompted East to discard their Q so I could win with the 6!

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    1 1N 3 4
    P P P

  7. Profile photo of meekbell meekbell says:

    I went straight to 3NT and made 12 tricks.

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 3N
    P P P

  8. Profile photo of jlpurdie jlpurdie says:

    Just about had heart failure when I saw our lack of spades and playing no trumps. Thank goodness opposition didn’t lead out their spades.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    1 1N 3 3N
    P P P

    • Profile photo of tina tina says:

      Hi @jlpurdie
      You were lucky indeed. Just a tip for you. If partner bids 1NT, he will have a balanced hand. This means that he has at least 2 hearts so you have a fit. You should bid 4 rather than 3NT. It’s a much much better contract.

  9. Profile photo of rdp27 rdp27 says:

    4 H just made it – lucky
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  10. Profile photo of sockstevens sockstevens says:

    made 12, remembering that “many a man walking the streets who didn’t draw trumps!”
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  11. Profile photo of ennasarp ennasarp says:

    1NT Stayman 1D to a contact of 4H. Spade loser, 2 club losers and 1 or 2 diamond losers. After taking the diamond lead from hand, pulled trumps by playing thrice, gave the fourth diamond away discarding from hand spade loser, entered dummy through club Ace and discarded one club loser on last scoring diamond. Gave away only one Club and one diamond to keep 5H. It is straight forward.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  12. Profile photo of dyfed dyfed says:

    Made 11 opposition didn’t play spades, so should only be 10.
    But what is my partner doing bidding NT over opposition’s S when he has no stop?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    1 1N 3 4
    P P P

  13. Profile photo of terrypause terrypause says:

    ok made it, sure of made one more. the bid of i d and i nt shows 16 plus points.. so 4 hearts was a good bet, just needed a better jockey for the extra trick
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    1 1N 3 4
    P P P

  14. Profile photo of terrypause terrypause says:

    re played it, the extra trck comes from diamonds, you trump the last but one, and make the last diamond a master
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    1 1N 3 4
    P P P

  15. Bid 4 hearts & made 11 tricks
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  16. Profile photo of stevewehrle stevewehrle says:

    Congrats @newtz2001, I was wondering how to make that extra 12th trick – very clever.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    1 1N 3 4
    P P P

  17. woah, if the diamonds broke nicely, this would be a slam, but I don’t think it’s biddable
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  18. Played as west & downed NS by one trick.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 1N P 4
    P P P

  19. Profile photo of blondie58 blondie58 says:

    Made my 4….
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  20. Profile photo of oz-tin oz-tin says:

    I did transfers. Bid 4H, made 10 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  21. Profile photo of dyfed dyfed says:

    mm made 4SX as West….
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    1 1N 3 4
    P P 4 X
    P P P

  22. Profile photo of bluezee bluezee says:

    Hi watched the video on transfers went to play the hand and partner opened 1d?? Is this because I am playing ACOL? . Looking at the results it is amazing that someone could get 6nt with so few spades which had to be the lead which ever hand was leading?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    1 1N 3 4
    P P P

  23. Ptn opened 1nt, not playing transfers I bid 2 hearts, & there we stayed. Made 10 tricks. As far as I can see nobody else was left in 2, most bid 4. I don’t know what I did wrong though so will have another bid. Perhaps I should have jumped to 3?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P P P

    • Profile photo of tina tina says:

      Hi @poppingpopcorn
      Partner will pass any bid you make at the 2-level. You know partner’s exact strength so you are the boss of the auction. 2 sounds weak to partner. You need to jump straight to game in hearts immediately.
      We often say to our students – ‘open 1NT and put your hands in your pockets. Partner will know what to do!’

  24. Yes, on rebid I did jump after ptns opening 1nt, we ended in 4 which made.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  25. Profile photo of alicemary alicemary says:

    At my fourth attempt I managed to make 6nt really easy when you have made.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 6N
    P P P

  26. Profile photo of hazelm hazelm says:

    Bid 3NT (partner should have had a stop in Spades) and made 6 – but against extraordinary defence. The lead was K Spade but the second lead was, inexplicably,.a Club. Did the computer get its attitudes confused? With a Spade continuation, I would have gone 2 off.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    1 1N 3 3N
    P P P

  27. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    North opened 1 NT and I went to 4 H. Made 5. Couldn’t figure a way to make 6 on this. Nice.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 4
    P P P

  28. Profile photo of nevillet nevillet says:

    made five (5)…
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  29. Profile photo of squarepeg61 squarepeg61 says:

    Bid 3NT, made 10 tricks.


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 3N
    P P P

  30. Profile photo of squarepeg61 squarepeg61 says:

    Bid 3NT, made 10 tricks.


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 3N
    P P P

  31. Profile photo of chini chini says:

    Took 11 tricks, couldn’t get 12!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  32. Profile photo of sallytaffy sallytaffy says:

    Bid 3NT and made 12
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  33. Profile photo of anelm anelm says:

    made 12 but did not use transfers as playing ACOL so computer did not say 1N first
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4
    P P P

  34. Profile photo of joanbrookes joanbrookes says:

    Made 10 tricks having got to 4 Hearts. Partner opened 1 D.


    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    1 1N 3 4
    P P P

  35. Profile photo of rocky25 rocky25 says:

    Rocky25 Sez
    Made 4HTS using transfers, so there!!!!!
    Transfers live !!!!!!
    Rocky25
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  36. Profile photo of sbc19073951 sbc19073951 says:

    Do you teach Texas Transfers? 1NT – 4D transfer to 4H. I play 2/1, 5 card majors
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  37. Profile photo of nevillet nevillet says:

    We made five (5)….!!!!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  38. Profile photo of dcatjones dcatjones says:

    Made an extra trick but it took me a second try to see how to do it , oh I wish it would come easier for me
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  39. Profile photo of sbc49506742 sbc49506742 says:

    49506742 Interesting concept of not using transfers and bidding 4 H. I like transfers because of the lead coming into the stronger hand.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  40. Profile photo of jdgeraghty jdgeraghty says:

    Why can’t you do a texas transfer from the git go? Partner knows I have six hearts and will day 4 hearts over my 4 diamonds. It makes five.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  41. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    1/1 so they say. made 4H.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

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