LESSON 8.6: JACOBY TRANSFERS CONVENTION

a) Jacoby transfers are used to respond to partner's notrump opening when holding a five-card major

b) Jacoby transfers allow the opener (usually the stronger hand) to become declarer in responder's long suit and thus take advantage of the opening lead

c) Widely used in modern bridge, Jacoby transfers tend to replace traditional suit responses to 1NT openings

d) Jacoby transfers do not need to be alerted but must be announced with the word Transfer when used

e)

Dealer: South

North

10 9 7
J 10 9 4 5
J 9 8
6 2

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

2 (0+ HCP 5+ ) 1 round

2 is a forcing response asking partner to bid 2 (2 asks for 2)

Jacoby transfers can be used with very weak responding hands.

f)

Dealer: South

North

10 9 7
A J 9 4 5
J 9 8
6 2

South

West

North

East

1NT
2

Pass
Pass

2
?

Pass
 

Pass (0-7 HCP 5+ ) closing

After the transfer, responder passes with a minimum hand

g)

Dealer: South

North

10 9 7
A J 9 4 5
A 9 8
6 2

South

West

North

East

1NT
2

Pass
Pass

2
?

Pass
 

2NT (8-9 HCP 5= ) inviting

Responder's 2NT rebid shows exactly five cards in the major and 8-9 HCP

h)

Dealer: South

North

10 9 7
A J 9 4 5
A 9 8
K 2

South

West

North

East

1NT
2

Pass
Pass

2
?

Pass
 

3NT (10-15 HCP 5= ) game

The 3NT rebid shows exactly five cards in the major and 10-15 HCP

i)

Dealer: South

North

10 9
A J 9 4 5 2
A 9 8
6 2

South

West

North

East

1NT
2

Pass
Pass

2
?

Pass
 

3 (8-9 HCP 6+ ) game

The 3 rebid shows at least six cards in the major and 8-9 HCP

j)

Dealer: South

North

10 9
A J 9 4 5 2
A 9 8
K 2

South

West

North

East

1NT
2

Pass
Pass

2
?

Pass
 

4 (10-15 HCP 6+ ) closing

The 4 rebid shows at least six cards in the major and 10-15 HCP


k)

Dealer: South

North

10 9
A Q 9 4 5
5 3
K J 9 2

South

West

North

East

1NT
2

Pass
Pass

2
?

Pass
 

3 (10+ HCP 5+ 4+ ) slam

A new suit by responder at the three-level shows a four-card or more suit; the sequence is forcing to game and invites to slam if partner has a maximum opening hand

l)

Dealer: South

North

10 9 6
A Q 9 7 4 5
5
K J 9

South

West

North

East

1NT
2

Pass
Pass

2
?

Pass
 

4 (10+ HCP 6+ 1- ) slam

A new suit by responder at the four-level shows a singleton; the bid is forcing to game and invites to slam if partner has a maximum opening hand

m)

Dealer: South

North

A J 6
A Q 9 7
K 5
K 10 9 6

South

West

North

East

1NT
?

Pass
 

2
 

Pass
 

3 (16-17 HCP 4+ ) slam

A jump to 3 by opener shows four cards or more in the transfer suit and a maximum opening hand

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