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Jacoby/Texas and follow-up


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A Jacoby Transfer shows 5+ cards in the major. 1NT-2♠ or 2NT-3♠ shows 5+ hearts and could be 0 points. 1NT-2♠ or 2NT-3♠ shows 5+ spades and 0+ points. I would remove 1NT (via a transfer) to 2♠ with:

♠ 763  
♥ 108764  
♦ 7654  
♣ 2.

In this article, I recommend always transferring with a 5-card major.

After you transfer, a new suit bid is natural (4+ cards) and forcing to Game. If you transfer and then bid notrump, you are usually balanced (5-3-3-2) and offering partner a choice. 1NT-2♠-2♠-2NT offers him a choice of 4 contracts (2NT, 3♠, 3NT or 4♠). If you transfer to 2 and raise to 3, it is invitational to game with 6+ trumps (1NT-2♠-2♠-3♠).

What about Texas? 1NT-4♠ shows 6+♠ and opener must (100%) bid 4♠. Similarly, 1NT-4♠ shows 6+ spades. These bids are usually used to sign-off in game.

That means that 1NT-2♠-2♠-4♠ should have a special meaning. It can't be a pure signoff, because responder would have used Texas. So, this is a slam invitation (usually with no shortness). With shortness, you can transfer and then Splinter (1NT-2♠-2♠-4♠ -- to show 6+♠, 0-1♠ and slam interest).

Jacoby followed by 4NT should be Quantitative (invitational, typically 5-3-3-2). Texas followed by 4NT should be RKC.

After partner opens 1NT, what is your plan with:

♠ J76543  
♥ 7652  
♦ 3  
♣ 86
 

Answers:

Pass

2♠ and then over 2♠ bid 2♠

2♠ and then pass

Other

After partner opens 1NT, what is your plan with:

♠ 543  
♥ AQ107652 
♦ J32 
♣ --
 

Answers:

2♠ and then Pass

2♠ and then 3♠

2♠ and then 4♠

2♠ and then 4♠

4♠ and then pass

Other

Your partner opens 1NT. What is your plan with:

♠ KJ8765  
♥ 2  
♦ K103  
♣ 1092
 

Answers:

Pass

2♠ and then pass.

2♠ and then 3♠

4♠

Other

Your partner opens 1NT. What is your plan with:

♠ Q10765  
♥ KJ 
♦ KJ 
♣ J762
 

Answers:

2♠ and then 2NT

2♠ and then 3♠

2♠ and then 3NT

Other

Your partner opens 1NT. What is your plan with:

♠ KQ8765  
♥ 2  
♦ K103  
♣ A92
 

Answers:

2♠ and then 4♠

2♠ and then 4♠

4♠ and then Pass

Other