Jacoby transfers are a very popular treatment, and with good reason. They’re easy to play, and they help describe common types ofhand patterns in response to a 1NTopening.
For the purposes of this article, we will assume that 1NT is strong(15 to 17 high-card points), but Jacoby transfers may be used withother notrump ranges as well.
After a 1NT opening, responder may use a Jacoby transfer to describe a hand with a five-card or longer major. The method is simple: responder bids the suit one rank below the actual major suit he holds. Opener then accepts this “transfer” by bidding the next higher suit at her turn. For example:[button link=»http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/play/Commonly_Used_Conventions/jacobytransfers.pdf» size=»small» window=»yes»] Click here[/button] to continue reading