Unusual 2NTFebruary 14, 2017
Rule of 11February 14, 2017
The Stayman convention is used to find a 4-4 major fit after a 1NT or 2NT opening. Responder ASKS opener for a 4-card major by bidding 2♣.
Opener has 3 options
- 2♦ = no 4-card major
- 2♥ = 4 hearts, maybe 4 spades as well
- 2♠ = 4 spades, not 4 hearts
Practice hands for those playing a strong 1NT openning ( 15-17 ) Play
Practice hands for those playing a weak 1NT openning ( 12-14 ) Play
When to use Stayman
Responder must possess a 4-card major to use Stayman and the opener must reply.
Stayman is best considered as a 2-step process – Ask for partner’s 4-card major then how your shape and strength.
Stayman asks for a 4 card major
You have enough for game with this hand, so tell partner. You have also found a spade fit. The best game will be 4♠
. If partner had bid 2♦
you would follow have simply bid 3NT