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Director Question - ignoring your system

The question was posed to me at tonight’s game.

If we play transfers, does that mean I HAVE to transfer?

For example, 1NT-2.

Opener says “transfer” to say partner has 5+ .  But when he says transfer, does he actually have to transfer, or can he choose to do whatever he wants with the bid?

To answer the first question, no they don’t play superaccept, so it’s not that type of situation.  More of a player who knows he doesn’t have three support, so he’d rather say transfer and bid, say, 2NT.

Yes, it’s dumb.  It’s not understanding the point of transfers if that’s what you want to do.  And transfers are a convention, so you don’t HAVE to play them.

But can you use a system and not actually play it?

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