Daily Bridge Tip 41

You have a choice between passing and playing at the 3 level in a minor suit.

But which minor suit?

I’m assuming you play 2 ♠ is a transfer to clubs and 2 NT is a transfer to diamonds.
If you play 2 NT is a transfer to an unspecified minor you will have to guess which suit is best!

Most players agree to break a transfer when they like the suit. This typically works well when you transfer into a major suit.

A better plan is to reverse that rule when you transfer into a minor suit.

If you play 2 NT is a transfer to diamonds then opener bids 3 ♣ if she DOES NOT LIKE diamonds and bids 3 ♦ if she LIKES diamonds.

This means that if opener bids 3 ♣ you can pass and play in the assumed better minor fit.

THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT NOT ONLY DO YOU PLAY IN YOUR BETTER FIT BUT THE STRONGER HAND ALWAYS PLAYS THE HAND.

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