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Stayman

Stayman is a convention used when your partner opens NT and you have 8+ points at least one four card major. Your artificial bid of 2C asks your partner if he holds a 4-card Major.  If he does hold a 4-card major he will respond in this major.  If he holds both majors the modern trend is to bid hearts.  Subsequent bidding will reveal if he also holds four spades.  If he does not have a 4-card major he will respond 2D.

If responder then bids a major on the two level it shows five cards in that suit and implies 4 of the other major -- most partnerships play this as non-forcing stayman.  In order to force responder must jump to the 3 level.  

After opener has replied to stayman responder can invite with 8-9 pts. by raising the major if a fit has been found or by bidding 2nt to show his values.  If responder has a game forcing hand he will jump to game in their known fit or bid 3nt.     

Hand 1

 North
 spade A Q 9
 heart J T 5
 diamond Q 9
 club A K J T 9
   South
 spade K 7 3 2
 heart A K 6 3
 diamond J 8 2
 club 6 3

North
1NT
2heart
pass

East
pass
pass
pass

South
2spade
3NT

West
pass
pass


Your partner opens a strong notrump (15-17hcp) and you bid Stayman with 2 four card majors. When pard responds 2D he is denying a 4 card major suit so you bids 3nt showing game values. With 26+ hcp this partnership wants to be in game. Alternatively, if you held 8-9HCP, you would invite to game by bidding 2nt.



Hand 2

 North
 spade A 9 7 4
 heart K T 7
 diamond A J
 club K J 7 6

   South
 spade Q J 6 3
 heart Q 9 7 3
 diamond K Q 9
 club 7 2

North
1nt
2heart
pass

East
pass
pass
pass

South
2spade
4spade

West
pass
pass

Your partner opens a strong notrump (15-17HCP) and you have 10 points and both majors. You bid a conventional 2C asking her if she has a 4 card major. When she responds 2S showing a 4-card spades suit you jump to game. If she were to bid 2D denying a 4-card major you would bid 3nt to place the contract.

References:       Bridgeguys Bridge Site      Karen Walker's Bridge Site     ACBL's Website          Stayman Quiz

    Information of Responding to a 1NT opener can be found at Audrey Grant's Website in the Bridge Library under "What's Standard"    































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