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Stayman

TRAPS FOR THE UNWARY

in hope

A new series suggested by Brian Sheridan of Croydon

Michael Byrne

WHEN people first learn conventional Here the picture is

bids, they find the idea of bidding a suit to Hand 3 not so rosy and you

indicate something else quite unusual. ´ AQJ6 must pass, not bid

Stayman is often the first convention ™ 4 Stayman. You would Eek! You have a

learnt, but once people get the hang of it t J9765 be fine if partner res- Hand 7 terrible hand and are

the danger is not that they don’t use it ® 932 ponded 2´ or 2t, of ´ J65 favourite to go down

enough, but that they use it too much course, but what is he ™ J875 in whatever contract

without thinking through the conse - likely to do? He is t 98763 you bid. However, a

quences. odds-on favourite to bid 2™ and then you ® 3 suit contract will be

Hand 1 would be a typical example: are snookered. better than 1NT

which no doubt will

Partner opens 1NT This time you can bid get doubled. You can bid Stayman, and

Hand 1 (12-14) and the next Hand 4 2® Stayman with a then pass whatever response partner makes.

´ AQ54 hand passes, what do ´ AKJ3 clear conscience. If Let’s finish by reviewing a few Dos and

™ K 10 7 6 you do? ™ 54 partner lets you down Don’ts of Stayman.

t 32 t 2 by bidding 2t or 2™,

® 876 ® 986532 then you can bid 3®

as a weak take-out. Do:

The most sensible Your clubs may not • Use Stayman when you have 5-4 in

course of action is to pass. If you bid be strong, but you are assured of a fit since the majors, whatever the strength

Stayman 2® and partner responds with a partner has promised at least two cards in of your hand (0+!) as in Hand 2.

major suit, then all is well, but what if he clubs by opening 1NT. • Use Stayman when you have a

responds 2t? You can’t now ‘escape’ into weak take-out in clubs, whether

2NT because (as with most bids of 2NT) This hand is also or not you have a major suit, see

this is invitational, asking partner to go to Hand 5 ideal for Stayman, Hand 4.

game if he is maximum. Even if partner ´ AQ97 with the hope of • Use Stayman when you have at

enjoys playing the cards, 3NT with at most ™ 875 locating a 4-4 spade least 11 points and one four-card

23 points between the two hands and no t 54 fit. You don't need to major (not a five-card major,

long suit to play on will not be a thing of ® KQJ3 have both four-card unless it is accompanied by four

beauty. majors to use Stay- cards in the other major). Stay-

The reason you got into trouble with man – one will do – man is for finding 4-4 fits, see

the hand above is because you didn’t provided you have 11+ points. If partner Hand 5.

consider your rebid. doesn’t bid your major, you can rebid 2NT Don’t:

Let’s look at a few hands and think or 3NT depending on your point count. • Use Stayman on weak hands that

about your rebid. have only one four-card major

Stayman will not tell suit, see Hand 3.

This is ideal to bid Hand 6 you what you want to • Use Stayman without thinking

Hand 2 Stayman on, because ´ 32 know on this hand, about your rebid if partner bids

´ J9754 if partner responds ™ AQJ65 which is: ‘Does part- what you don’t want him to (see

™ KJ43 2t, then you can bid t AQJ3 ner have three cards Hand 1).

t 54 2´ showing a weak ® 43 in hearts, giving us an • Be afraid to bid Stayman when

® 32 hand with five spades. eight-card fit?’ The holding one major suit and 11+

If partner responds correct response, if points; you don't need both

2™ or 2´ initially, you you don’t play transfers, is 3™, showing a majors to bid Stayman, provided

will pass, of course, happy to have found a game-going hand with five cards in hearts, you have a re-bid (see Hand 5). r

safe haven. asking for support.

www.ebu.co.uk August 2010 English Bridge 21

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