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Transfer Advances of Overcalls

My partner and I have agreed to try Transfer Advances.  Transfer Advances were described by Jeff Rubens in a series of articles in the 1980 and 81 issues of Bridge World.  These and a few other Bridge World articles were published in a booklet titled, The Useful-Space Principle which is out of print.  Transfer Advances are sometimes referred to a Ruben’s Advances.  Here’s how they work…

First, some nomenclature:  The four positions at the table are referred to as opener, overcaller, responder, and advancer.

After an opening bid, an non-jump overcall, and a pass by responder, the advancer may…

  1. bid NT — natural and non-forcing.
  2. make a natural and forcing new suit bid below the next level of the opening bidder’s suit.  Note, this is not forcing by a passed hand.
  3. make a weak raise the overcaller’s suit — say 6-8 playing points.
  4. transfer into a new suit or overcaller’s suit.  Starting with the cue bid of opener’s suit and ending with the suit below overcaller’s suit we play transfers.  Transferring into overcaller’s suit shows a constructive raise — say 9-11 playing points — or better.
  5. make a natural jump bid above overcaller’s suit.


If the responder makes a call — including a jump — we make two slight adjustments:

  1. Transfers start with a double/redouble of responder’s call.
  2. Transferring into overcaller’s suit shows a raise with the Ace or King and raising directly denies the Ace or King — essentially equivalent to a Rosenkrantz Double.  In some cases, it adds the advantage of preemption; e.g., after 1C – (1D) – X, 2C would show a Diamond raise with a top honor and 2D without.

Ruben mentioned using the Double or responder’s raise as a transfer; but, not other doubles/redoubles.  But, since we all ready play Rosenkrantz, this extension has no cost.


I'd like your comments/suggestions on our adjustments.  And if you've tried Transfer Advances, how you like them.

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