This Guide shows how to bid transfers that conform to Audrey Grant (AG) and Best eBridge (BeB) bidding systems. You may practice such bidding at BeB. Most bids in this Guide would be the same whether made from AG’s Bridge at a Glance or BeB’s principles. The few exceptions are clearly marked as AG variations. The exceptions involve Responder’s hand when Responder holds two majors, either 5-4 or 5-5. You may receive a 1-month free BeB membership by registering with this link: https://bestebridge.com/?lps=70001234.
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Opener’s 1st Bid
- Opens 1NT: Opener (O) is strong, showing 15-17 HCP, with one of three distributions (5-3-3-2, 4-4-3-2, or 4-3-3-3). The 3 ranges for 1NT are a minimum with 15 HCP, a medium with 16 HCP, and a maximum with 17 HCP. The 3 ranges for the Responder (R) are a minimum with 0-7 HCP, a medium with 8-9 HCP, a maximum with 10+ HCP, and NT slam interest with 16+ HCP. If R prefers a suit, and O supports that suit, then O promises either (a) three card support with 2 honors (3c w/ 2h), or (b) 4c support. Hands 1-11, 14-46, 48-49, 70-75.
- Overcalls 1NT: An Overcaller (O, the same as Opener for this analysis) has 15-17 HCP, plus a possible 5c Length Point (1 LP). O promises a stopper in all Opponents’ bid suits. O desires to find a fit rapidly. R should pass, raise NT, bid Stayman, or bid JTB. Overcall Partner’s ranges are the same as for a 1NT Opener. Hands 62-66, 71.
- Bids 1NT in Balancing Seat: If one Opponent has bid, O may be aggressive with the equivalent of a 1C-1NT opening, showing 11-14 HCP. If both Opponents have bid, O needs to be stronger, promising a true 15-18 HCP. O desires to find a cheap fit rapidly. The 3 ranges for R after a weak 1NT are stronger, showing a minimum with 0-10 HCP, a medium with 11-13 HCP, and a maximum with 14+ HCP. R may respond with any of the bids listed below for “R’s 1st Bid” but must base these responses on their higher HCP ranges. Hands 78-80.
- Opens 2NT: O is showing 20-21 HCP. O is a minimum with 20 HCP and a maximum with 21 HCP. R is a minimum with 0-2 HCP, a medium with 3-4 HCP, a maximum with 5+ HCP, and NT slam interest with 12+ HCP. Hands 12-13, 47, 50-57.
- Opens 2C – 2NT: Opener is showing 22-24 HCP. O is a minimum with 22 HCP, medium with 23 HCP, and a maximum with 24 HCP. R is a minimum with 0 HCP, a medium with 1-2 HCP, a maximum with 3+ HCP, and NT slam interest with 9+ HCP. Hands 58-61, 76-77.
- Overcalls 2NT: O has a hand equivalent to a 1NT Opener. The partnership does not have much bidding space due to an Opponent’s preemptive opening. R will rush to show their best suit, but be very cautious about taking any bidding room to show a second suit. That is, on their second bid, R will correct to 2NT or 3NT depending on their HCP, but will not shift to their second suit. R will not go past 3NT. If the hand were to play above 3NT, then O must be the Captain in showing adequate HCP for such a bid. Hands 67-69.
Responder’s 1st Bid
- Pass: R will pass with a minimum, balanced, no 5c major (5cM), and no 6c minor (6cm). Hand 37.
- Jacoby Transfer Bid (JTB): With one long suit, R transfers to that suit. The suit must be 5c+ if a major, or 6c+ if a minor. AG plays 4-suit transfers, using 2D, 2H, 2S, and 3C. Each transfer requests that O declare in the suit above the transfer, except 2S is a transfer to 3C. A bid of 2NT remains natural, not a transfer. A transfer does not require R to have any HCP. R may be a minimum, but if so, R will not bid again unless O makes a forcing bid. If R transfers to a minor, R is too weak and/or unbalanced to bid a major or notrump. R’s JTB is one-round forcing on O. Hands 1-2.
- Texas Transfer Bid (TTB): TTB is a strong extension of JTB. R must have a medium+ with 6c+ trumps in a major. For a TTB, “medium” is two HCP less than for other medium requirements, as R promises 2 Length Points. R makes a TTB by transferring at the 4-level. Since the transfer is so high, a TTB is not affected by typical obstructive overcalls. If R is a maximum, the TTB need not be a shutout, as R will have another bid to pass or seek slam. However, the most frequent use of TTB is preemptive, showing great fit and strength but little interest by R in seeking slam. Hearing a TTB, O with slam interest must break the transfer. Hands 25-26, 34, 56, 61, 73.
- JTB 5cM-5cM: With two long majors, R transfers to one and shows the other. Since R intends to bid twice, R is a medium+. R knows that statistically O has a 3c fit for at least one of R’s majors. With a medium hand, using AG rules, R transfers first to their lower major. With a maximum hand, R transfers first to their higher major. Hand 9.
- JTB in minors: R can transfer in all 4 suits, including minors. Since the partnership would prefer to play in a major or NT, a transfer to a minor is often R’s final bid. R promises nothing more than a 6c+ minor. However, R could be as strong as a slam hand, but too unbalanced to play in anything other than their minor. If O is a maximum, with 3c w/ 2h support or 4c support, plus side-suit stoppers, O can break the transfer with 3NT. If R is strong, then R will bid again. Hand 37.
- Stayman: If R is a medium, then Responder can use Stayman to ask O about a GF. R begins Stayman by bidding 2C. R requires points because the lowest level for the partnership to stop Stayman will be a full trick above their starting point. Typically, Stayman starts at 1NT, terminates with neither fit nor strength at 2NT. R may have more than one 4c suit, or even a 5c+ side suit, but R promises at least one 4cM when they begin Stayman. R’s Stayman bid is one-round forcing on O. A strong R can continue in ace-asking Gerber or Blackwood. Gerber is a jump bid, jumping from the 2-level to 4C, so only Blackwood would be available if the partnership ends Stayman at the 3-level. R should not venture in Stayman beyond 3NT as O may be a minimum. Let O be the captain beyond 3NT. See the Stayman section of BeB for 4cM. For 5cM-4cM JTB, see Hands 12, 50, 60.
- NT: R may not have a 4cM, 5cM, 6cm, unbalanced hand, sufficient points to shift, or even sufficient points to raise. The point ranges for R’s cheap NT raises are the same as for Stayman, which are medium+. R’s jump to 3NT game requires a maximum hand. R’s jump to 4NT Quantitative requires slam values. None of R’s NT bids are forcing on O. Hand 37.
- RHO Overcalled: JTB are off with overcalls. TTB remain on. With a 5c suit and game-going values, R bids naturally at the 3-level. With a 6c+ suit and game-going values, R bids TTB. Hands 72, 73.
- Ace Asking: R has a 6c+ suit and sufficient points to place a minimum Opener in slam. R knows there is a fit. If R wants O to be the declarer, then R should transfer first, as this right sides the contract and confirms O’s support. If R wants to be the declarer, then R jumps to Gerber. R can stop in 5m if Gerber fails to find adequate controls, or bid 6m slam with Ace controls. Hand 57.
Opener’s 2nd Bid: Except for pass, these bids are listed by “Responder’s 1st Bid”
- Pass: Raise is the only non-force (RoNF). R with a minimum will pass 1NT, giving O no second bid. R with a medium may raise 1NT to 2NT. If O is a minimum, O will pass a 2NT response.
- JTB: If R bid a suit between 2D and 3C, this is a forcing transfer. O must bid the next higher suit, or intentionally “break” the transfer. JTB is a request for O to show their strength on their 2nd bid. O with a maximum hand could super accept or break the transfer. (see super accept and break the transfer below). O with a minimum or medium hand will bid the requested suit (2H, 2S, 3C, or 3D). Since R could be a minimum intending to pass next, O does best by not jumping now. Hand 3.
- JTB Super Acceptance: O accepts a major-suit transfer at the 3-level. This shows support (4c, or 3c with 2 honors) and a med+ hand (16-17 HCP). A super acceptance, unlike a break the transfer, promises no known problems in O’s hand.
- JTB Break the Transfer: This bid is like a super acceptance, except O admits to a problem. O has a maximum hand and 4c support. O breaks the transfer by doing something unexpected. For instance, O might request specific help by bidding a weak doubleton. W/o a weakness, O would simply super accept to show a max hand with no known problems. Hand 40.
- JTB in minors: R is likely a minimum with a 6cm. O with just 2c support completes the transfer. R may pass, seek game, or seek slam on their next bid. O breaks the transfer by bidding 2NT when holding 3c support, an honor, and 3-suit stoppers. With the same holding, but not all stoppers, O breaks with 3C. O does not go to 3NT, as R may be very weak. If R were strong enough for slam, intending to bid RKC after the transfer, then R will proceed slowly with side suits until O completes the transfer. Hands 35, 36, 38.
- TTB: If R bid a 4D or 4H, this is a transfer bid to 4H or 4S. R has a 6c+ suit and a maximum hand (8+ HCP and 2 Length Points). O accepts the transfer. R may pass or seek slam on their next bid.
- Stayman 4cM: If R bid 2C, then O bids a 4c+ major. O bids as cheaply as possible, bidding 2D with no 4cM, 2H with hearts and possibly spades, or 2S with spades but no 4c hearts. Stayman is a request for O to show their shape, not their strength. R will show strength on their next bid. See the Stayman section of BeB for 4cM.
- NT: If R bid a NT, then O is in position to place the contract. O adds their own HCP to those of R to determine the total points held by the partnership. R holds a medium if they bid 2NT, a maximum if they bid 3NT, and slam values if they bid 4NT Quantitative.
Responder’s 2nd Bid: Except for pass, these bids are listed by “Opener’s 2nd Bid”
- Pass: If R is a minimum, R will pass after the JTB completion. R could also pass after a TTB completion.
- JTB: R shows their points. With a minimum hand or even a quack-filled medium hand, facing an O who did not super accept or break the transfer, R passes in part score. With a medium+ hand, R corrects to the cheapest NT. With a maximum hand, R corrects to 3NT. With slam-going values, R does not correct to 2NT or 3NT, rather chooses between two nonforcing bids — (a) a raise to 4M showing a 6cM and 12-14 HCP, or (b) a correction to 4NT Quantitative. Hands 17, 20, 31, 32, 33, 39, 52, 59, 63, 65, 68, 69, 76, 79.
- JTB 5cM-5cM: O accepted the first transfer. Now R shows a second 5cM by bidding it cheaply. R may not jump to show the second major, as O will interpret the jump as a self-splinter. O will choose between the majors, as O must have at least one 3cM. Hands 10, 64.
- JTB 5cM-4cm: R has a maximum hand (10+ HCP, plus undisclosed Dummy Points), inviting O with something extra to slam. R seeks a 2nd suit fit, bidding a good 4c+ side suit. O can choose game in one of the two suits, or with a double fit continue to slam. Hand 27.
- JTB Super Acceptance: O accepted the transfer, but at the 3-level. O shows 4c support and a medium+ hand. R may pass, or seek game or slam. If R only needs key cards for slam, R bids 4NT RKC to ask. If R has slam interest but is uncertain of controls, R shows their cheapest feature, which could be higher on the bidding ladder than the next suit. R’s cuebid of their lowest control denies a control in any skipped suit. If O has support for any skipped suits, O will continue to cuebid, otherwise bid 4M game. Hands 14, 46, 47.
- JTB Break the Transfer in M: O did not complete the transfer to a M, instead bidding 2NT. O is a max with either (a) 3c support including 2 honors (runnable support), or (b) 4c support. O has stoppers in the other suits. If R is weak, R rebids the transfer at the 3-level. If R has slam interest and a weak short suit, R bids the suit to ask for help. With help, O bids 3NT, otherwise rebids the major. R picks the level (pass, 3NT, 4M, 5M, 6M). Hands 41, 49.
- JTB Break the Transfer in m: O did not complete the transfer to clubs, instead bidding 2NT. O is a max with either (a) 3c support including 2 honors (runnable support), or (b) 4c support. O has stoppers in the other suits. If R is weak, R rebids the transfer at the 3-level. If R has slam interest and a weak s/v, R bids the s/v to ask for help. With help, O bids 3NT, otherwise rebids the minor. R picks the level (pass in 3NT, 4C, 5C, 6C). Hands 45, 48.
- TTB: O accepted the transfer at the 4-level, so knows that R is a 6cM, maximum hand. R may pass with no slam interest, or continue with RKC. Hand 20.
- Stayman 4cM: R shows a fit and points. With a fit, R raises the suit. With no fit, R corrects to NT. A medium R will bid the suit or NT cheaply. A maximum R will jump to game in 3NT or 4M. A maximum R interested in slam will cuebid or ask for aces. See the Stayman section of BeB for 4cM.
- Stayman 5cM-4cM: O complied with Stayman or JTB. If R has a 5cM with Stayman, they show it now. If R has a 4cM suit with JTB, they show it now. If R shows a new suit at the 2-level, the bid is one-round forcing. If R shows a new suit at the 3-level, the bid is game forcing. R must be a medium+ to make forcing bids. See the Stayman section of BeB for 4cM. For 5cM-4cM JTB, see Hand 15.
- 4NT Quantitative: If the partnership has not confirmed a fit, R may raise to 4NT Quantitative. R is a maximum. The bid is nonforcing. R shows a 5c suit if this bid breaks a JTB. O will choose between 6M and 6NT if a maximum, otherwise pass. Hands 34, 53.
- 4NT Ace Asking: R shows a 6c+ suit if this bid breaks a TTB. That confirms a fit with any NT Opener, so this bid is ace asking. O will bid Blackwood or RKC.
Opener’s 3rd Bid: Except for pass, these bids are listed by “Responder’s 2nd Bid”
- JTB 2NT: After a transfer, R has corrected to 2NT. R has a medium hand, inviting O with something extra to go to game (3NT or 4M). If O has a maximum, O goes to game (4M with 3c trumps, or 3NT with 2c trumps). If O has nothing extra, perhaps has a minimum hand and 3c support, then O corrects back to 3M. With even less, perhaps a minimum hand and 2c support, then O passes. Hands 4, 5, 6, 80.
- JTB 3NT: After a transfer, R has corrected to 3NT. R has a maximum hand, inviting O to pick a game contract. If O has 3c trump support, then O corrects to 4M. With 2c trump support, then O passes. Hand 18, 19.
- JTB 3M: After a single transfer, R has raised to 3M. R shows 6c and min+ hand. With a long 6cM rather than a 5cM, R may be as weak as 7-8 HCP. O revalues with Dummy Points. With 3c support and a probable ruff, O raises to 4M. Hand 7.
- JTB 4M: After a single transfer, R has jump raised to 4M. R shows 6c and 9-13 HCP. R had alternatives, such as stopping in game with a TTB. O revalues with Dummy Points. If O wants to pursue slam, O bids RKC. Hands 51, 75.
- JTB 5cM-5cM: After a transfer, R has shown another 5c+ suit. O has rejected both by bidding NT. BeB does not bid AG methods, so now needs to show O which suit is 5c. If the suits are 5-5, R corrects to 4M. If the suits are 6-5, R rebids the 5c suit to show both suits’ extra length. O chooses the suit in which O has a GF. Hands 11, 70.
- JTB 5cM-4cm: After a transfer, R has not corrected to NT. R has a maximum hand (10+ HCP, plus undisclosed Dummy Points), inviting O with something extra to slam. R has shown a 4c+ side suit, hoping O has a fit for both suits. With no slam interest, O can choose a fast arrival at 3NT (2c trump support) or 4M (3c trump support). With slam interest (17 HCP, at least 3c trumps), O can choose a slow arrival at 3M. Hands 18, 28.
- Stayman: R has bid Stayman in a way to show whether R has hearts, spades, or both. R has also shown whether they are medium or maximum. R has confirmed whether O has guessed the correct suit. O is captain, and sets the contract if they know. Otherwise, when in doubt, O bids a cheap NT. BeB bids 5M-4M hands as JTB rather than the AG way as Stayman. See the Stayman section of BeB for 4cM. For 5cM-4cM JTB, see Hands 12, 13, 16, 24.
- 4NT Quantitative: Without O bidding the trump suit and R raising that suit in support, then 4NT is a quantitative bid asking O to place the contract based on the fit and points shown by the preceding bids. R has yet to confirm the trump suit. Instead, R has invited O to slam. With a med+ hand, 3c trumps including a high honor, O accepts by bidding 6M. With strength but not a fit, O could raise to 6NT. With nothing extra, O passes. Hands 54, 55, 77.
Responder’s 3rd Bid: Except for pass, these bids are listed by “Opener’s 3rd Bid”
- Pass: O has placed the contract in a game of 3M, 4M, or 5m. O is showing no interest in slam. Hand 30.
- 4NT Quantitative: If the partnership has not confirmed a fit, R may raise to 4NT Quantitative. R is a maximum. The bid is nonforcing. R has a 5c+ suit. While R could bid Gerber, that would show control cards, while R is still seeking information whether O has 17 HCP. O will choose between 6M and 6NT if a maximum, otherwise pass. Hands 21, 42.
- Cuebid: O has bid slowly, always picking a suit rather than NT. O has confirmed a trump suit with a fit. O has made the confirmation either by raising R’s suit or cue bidding. If cue bidding, O has a fit for the last suit R bid. R with a slam interest can now cuebid to show R’s features (A, K, s, v). Hands 29, 74.
Opener’s 4th Bid
- Decision Time: If the bidding has gotten this far, then O has all the information necessary for a decision about how high and what suit. O should value their hand to its maximum, using their choice of Length Points or Dummy Points, but not both. O should add Bergen Smoints for extras (eg, high intermediates, AK honors, confirmed honors, touching honors). O can pass with nothing more to show, or correct to a better contract (5m, 6M, 6NT). Hands 22, 23, 43.