The origin of this variation of the Texas conventional method is unknown. To some extent this variation is a marriage with the concept behind the Smolen conventional method after the opening of 1 No Trump by partner. The transfer bids are employed by the responder, when the responder holds a minimum of 6 cards in one Major suit and a minimum of 4 cards in the other Major suit. These transfer bids are also sometimes referred to, not incorrectly, as Extended Texas Transfer Bids.

The following examples and auctions should clarify the employment of such transfer bids:

South North Meaning South North Meaning
K98
QJ10
KQJ7
A109
A764
K87542
9
K6
K98
QJ10
KQJ7
A109
QJ87543
A864
A
4
1 NT 2 Stayman 1 NT 2 Stayman
2 Denies a 4-card Major suit. 2 Denies a 4-card Major suit.
4 Extended Texas Transfer bid. 4 Extended Texas Transfer bid.
4 Hearts become the anchor suit. 4 Spades become the anchor suit.

The employment of the Stayman bid after partner opens 1 No Trump is only logical because the responder has two out of three, or 67% chances, that partner will have a 4-card Major suit. Only in the case that the No Trump bidder does not have a 4-card suit in either Major suit does the responder employ the Extended Texas transfer bids. These transfer bids become then delayed transfer bids.

This conventional method can also be employed if the opening is 2 No Trump since the transfer occurs on the four level and a jump will be necessary. Whether or not the partnership plays systems on or systems off by competition is a matter of partnership agreement, especially after an opening of 2 No Trump. The guidelines for such actions are generally the same as with the original version of the Texas convention.

Some partnerships have agreed to not employ the Extended Texas transfer bids if, and only if the 6-card Major suit contains one of the top three honors, either Ace, King, or Queen. The quality of the 6-card suit becomes the decisive factor. With a weaker 6-card Major suit, for example J87542, and a stronger 4 cards in the other Major suit, for example AQJ4, it is preferred that the partnership first inquire about a fit in either Major suit with Stayman.

Once the transfer has occurred, the responder does not have to automatically sign off by passing to end the auction. Any initiation of a form of Blackwood or Keycard Asking method or control cuebid becomes a slam attempt.

 

 

If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.

 


     
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