Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Jacoby Two No-Trump: Support and Power

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Jacoby Two No-Trump: Support and Power

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Jacoby Jones, who has played football for the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens, commented, "I say my greatest strength is my speed, and I think that I could use some work on my concentration."

Good bridge players go very slowly at trick one and concentrate on the cards. Today, though, we are more interested in Jones' first name: Jacoby.

Oswald Jacoby, one of the all-time great bridge players, devised his eponymous Transfers (which we studied earlier this week) and the Forcing Raise (today's topic). If partner opens one of a major, the next player passes, and responder bids two no-trump, he shows at least game-forcing values with four or more trumps.

In textbook Jacoby Forcing Raise, the opener's rebids are strange; they are available on the Internet. …

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