In the Losing Trick Count article in the May Bridge Bulletin, I addressed the topic of using LTC in notrump auctions. When a fit is found in a notrump auction, after using Stayman, for example, then LTC principles can be effectively employed.
I posited the theory that after a Jacoby transfer, a super-acceptance could be made with a good hand, which I defined as a hand with no more than 6 losers. I gave an example from actual play where my partner and I bid a 20-point game in a knockout match which was a lucky make. I have heard from a couple of readers who didn't like my example as the hand was so lucky--the game could have gone down any number of ways.
The hands were: A865/KQJ4/Q108/K3 opposite 73/A9862/J9754/6. I made a super-acceptance with my 6-loser 15 count and partner bid game with his 8-loser 5 count. The cards were well-positioned and the game made. In the article I didn't elaborate on the background, but the hand was dealt during a top-flight regional knockout match; we were vulnerable and we needed (and got!) a good board.
Here are two additional hands, more traditional in nature, which may better illustrate the point I made in the article pertaining to losers. You open 1NT with each of these hands and partner bids 2♥, a transfer to spades. Assuming you play standard "super-acceptances", what do you bid?
1. ♠A1087 ♥KQ6♦ K65 ♣A94
2. ♠A1087 ♥KQ63♦ K65 ♣A9
Both hands have good trumps and 16 points. Hand 1 has 7 losers so should accept the transfer by bidding 2♠. Hand 2 has 6 losers so should make a super-acceptance by jumping to 3♠. Partner will bid game with an 8-loser hand such as: ♠KQ643 ♥109 ♦QJ8 ♣762
See you at the table!