LESSON 8.4: STAYMAN CONVENTION

a) The Stayman convention is used in response to notrump openings when holding a four-card or more major

b) Avoid the Stayman convention with a 4-3-3-3 hand; rather respond directly in notrump since opener is also showing a balanced hand with limited ruffing power

c)

Dealer: South

North

A J 9 7
Q 10 3 2
K 10
9 7 3

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

2 (8+ HCP   4+ or   4+ ) 1 round

The 2 response shows a four-card or more major and requests opener to bid his lower-ranking four-card major

see Forcing Stayman convention

d)

Dealer: South

North

A J 9 7
Q 10 3
10 9 5
Q 7 3

South

West

North

East

1NT

Pass

?

 

2NT (8-9 HCP   balanced hand) limiting

Even when holding a four-card major, it is preferable to avoid the Stayman convention with a 4-3-3-3 hand since opener is also showing a balanced hand and limited ruffing power

e)

Dealer: South

South

K 10 6 3
K Q 9 3
A 9
K Q 5

South

West

North

East

1NT
?

Pass
 

2
 

Pass
 

2 (15-17 HCP   4+ ) 1 round

Opener shows his lower-ranking four-card major in response to the Stayman convention

f)

Dealer: South

South

A 9 7
K Q 3
K 10 6 3
K Q 5

South

West

North

East

1NT
?

Pass
 

2
 

Pass
 

2ou 2NT (15-17 HCP   3-   3- ) 1 round

Lacking a four-card major, opener bids 2 in response to the Stayman convention (opener may respond 2NT to show a maximum 17 HCP opening)

g)

Dealer: South

North

A J 9 7
Q 10 3
10 9 5 4
Q 7

South

West

North

East

1NT
2

Pass
Pass

2
?

Pass
 

2NT (8-9 HCP   4+ ) limiting

Lacking a four-card support for opener's major, responder rebids 2NT with a minimum balanced 8-9 HCP hand

h)

Dealer: South

North

A J 9 7
K Q 10
10 9 5 3
Q 7

South

West

North

East

1NT
2

Pass
Pass

2
?

Pass
 

jump to 3NT (10-15 HCP   4+ ) closing

Lacking a four-card support for opener's major, responder rebids 3NT with a balanced 10-15 HCP hand

i)

Dealer: South

North

A J 9 7
Q 10 3
10 9 5 4
J 7

South

West

North

East

1NT
2

Pass
Pass

2
?

Pass
 

3 (8-9 TP   4+ ) limiting

With four-card support for opener's major, responder raises to three with a minimum 8-9 TP hand

j)

Dealer: South

North

A J 9 7
K Q 10
10 9 5 3
Q 7

South

West

North

East

1NT
2

Pass
Pass

2
?

Pass
 

4 (10-15 TP   4+ ) closing

With four-card support for opener's major, responder raises to game with 10-15 TP hand

k)

Dealer: South

South

A J 7 5
K Q 6 3
9 2
K Q 5

South

West

North

East

1NT
2
?

Pass
Pass
 

2
2NT
 

Pass
Pass
 

3 (15-16 TP   4+ ) closing

Responder's 2NT rebid shows a minimum 8-9 HCP hand with four cards in spades; with 15-16 HCP, opener may pass or bid 3) when holding a weak doubleton

l)

Dealer: South

South

A K 7 5
K Q 6 3
10 3
K Q 5

South

West

North

East

1NT
2
?

Pass
Pass
 

2
2NT
 

Pass
Pass
 

4 (16-17 TP   4+ ) closing

Responder's 2NT rebid shows a minimum 8-9 HCP hand with four cards in spades; with 16-17 HCP, opener may declare 3NT or jump to 4 if holding a weak doubleton

m)

Dealer: South

South

A 9 7
K Q 6 3
J 10 5
K Q 5

South

West

North

East

1NT
2
?

Pass
Pass
 

2
3
 

Pass
Pass
 

Pass (15-16 HCP   4+ ) closing

With a minimum balanced hand, opener passes over responder's limited raise

n)

Dealer: South

South

A K 7 5
K Q 6 3
9 7
K Q 5

South

West

North

East

1NT
2
?

Pass
Pass
 

2
3
 

Pass
Pass
 

4 (16-17 HCP   4+ ) closing

With a maximum balanced 16-17 HCP and a doubleton, opener bids to game

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