Transfer rebids after 1m-1M-2NT
After a minor suit opening, major suit response and 2NT rebid, you can
apply transfer rebids, which have the same benefits as they do over a
1NT opening. Since openers rebids are then forced, responder can sign
off with weak hands or bid out his pattern with game or slam hands.
1 - P -
1 - P
2NT - P - ?
3 - shows
4+ diamonds and forces opener to rebid 3.
Responder may have a weak hand like
Q10xxx xx and intend
to pass 3, or a strong
hand like Kx
xxx where the third bid will be 4NT (natural, inviting slam);
3 - transfer
to hearts, showing 5+ hearts. Responder may be weak like
Jxx xx and intend to
pass 3, or game going
Qxx where he will rebid 3NT on his third turn to offer a choice of games.
He may also have 45 in the majors, intending to rebid 3
on his third turn.
3 - shows
4 spades but denies 5 hearts, opener accepts this transfer only with
4 cards in spades, otherwise he usually rebids 3NT. Normally responder
is offering a choice of game in spades or no trump.
3 - shows
length in clubs (usually 5) but denies 5 hearts, 4 diamonds or 4 spades
(since with any of those holdings he would have used a lower transfer
rebid. A possible hand is
Qxx KJxxxx. Opener will
usually continue with 3NT, however he may rebid 4
or 4 if he has a weak
3NT - to play, no extra shape worth showing.
The principle to keep in mind is that responders second
bid is a transfer into the cheapest suit he has not bid (showing 4+ length)
or into his own suit(5+ length). The third bid by responder is always
a rebid of 3 is a transfer
showing 4 hearts and 5 spades (since with 44 in majors you would have
responded 1 initially).
Opener rebids 3 with four
hearts, or 3 with 3 spades(rarely
strong 2) or 3NT with the minors well stopped.
a rebid of 3 shows diamond
length. If you play Walsh responses to 1,
you will often have only 4 cards in the major, and 5 or more diamonds.
A rebid of 3 shows club
support and interest in game or slam in clubs rather than 3NT.