Siege

25.1.06

 

Why use a short club with transfer responses?

I like to show whether a hand is balanced or unbalanced at the first opportunity – it clearly benefits the bidding of the latter and simplifies auctions for the former, so I won't bid two suits on a balanced hand (unless raising partner). To try to avoid missing a 4-4 major fit, a minimum responder shows a 4 card major even with 4 or more diamonds. Using this style, you miss the 4-4 spade fit when responder has both majors, and the 1H and 1S responses are much more frequent than 1D – a waste of bidding space. Much better is to have the cheapest responses, 1D and 1H, assigned to hearts and spades, with 1S showing 5+diamonds and denying a 4 card major unless invitational or better opposite a weak NT. "Completing the transfer" to a major suit is used to show a minimum hand, either unbalanced with 3 card support or balanced with 2-3 card support, while a 1NT rebid shows a strong balanced hand.

This is a fairly simple modification to a normal 5 card major structure, whatever the 1NT opening range - the only change necessary is to always open 1C with the strong balanced type. However, as usual, I prefer to make things more complicated...

I believe that showing which of your minors is longer on a balanced hand isn't terribly useful - on a lot of hands, it will help the opponent's defence more than it will our bidding. I prefer to put all of the balanced hands into the 1C opening, which frees up a 1NT rebid after opening 1D - Siege puts it to good use having opened 1D on unbalanced hands with 4 diamonds and longer clubs. Removing these hands from the 1C opening helps greatly, both in contested and uncontested auctions -


Comments:
Thanks for writing all this down! I played something very similar with my regular junior partner (same openings, same NT range, etc.)

Da system works!
 
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