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Minor Suit Stayman

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Minor Suit Stayman is an extension of the Stayman and Jacoby Transfer conventions. If you play transfer bids over 1NT, then a 2

Minor Suit Stayman

response shows spades, thereby making a direct 2

Minor Suit Stayman

response an idle bid. Playing Minor Suit Stayman, 2

Minor Suit Stayman

becomes an artificial inquiry asking opener for a 4-card minor.

Opener     Responder  
1NT   2

Minor Suit Stayman

 


The 2

Minor Suit Stayman

response to 1NT is artificial, showing:

Responder's minor suit length may vary depending on the overall strength of his hand. With minimum strength, e.g. 8 points opposite a strong 1NT, responder should have at least 5-4 distribution in the minors. With interest in slam, responder need only be 4-4 in the minors.

Examples of Minor-Suit Stayman hands (opposite a strong 1NT opener):

S

A2

H

KJ2

D

KT98

C

AJ83
            

S

3

H

JT3

D

KT98

C

A9832
            

S

7

H

K2

D

KQ953

C

A8765
 


Opener's Rebids

After hearing 2

Minor Suit Stayman

response, opener's rebids are as follows. Note that unlike regular Stayman, opener has some latitude in judging whether to reveal a 4-card suit. Specifically, opener is allowed to bid 3

Minor Suit Stayman

/

Minor Suit Stayman

with a major suit control and a 4-card minor. This is because identifying a minor-suit fit may be less important than reaching a good 3NT contract.

Rebid Meaning
2NT   Denies a 4-card minor. Implies stoppers in both major suits.  
3

C

  Shows 4+ clubs. With 4-4 shape in the minors, opener should bid 3

C

.
 
3

D

  Shows 4+ diamonds. (Denies 4+ clubs.)  
3

H

  Shows a heart stopper, and invites partner to bid 3NT with a spade control. Forcing. Opener may have a 4-card minor with highly balanced shape and strength, and merely looking to see if 3NT is the best fit.  
3

S

  Shows a spade stopper, and invites partner to bid 3NT with a heart control. Forcing. Opener may have a 4-card minor with highly balanced shape and strength, and merely looking to see if 3NT is the best fit.  
3NT   Denies a 4-card minor. Shows maximum strength with stoppers in both major suits.  
4

C

  Shows 4+ clubs and maximum strength.  
4

D

  Shows 4+ diamonds and maximum strength.  


Responder's Rebids

Most of responder's rebids are natural. The exception is bidding a new major suit, which shows a singleton or void. For the sake of completeness, though, below are all of responder's rebids based on opener's rebid.


After Opener Rebids 2NT

Responder's Rebid Meaning
Pass   Minimum strength, relatively balanced. Probably 5-4 in the minors. Responder should bid a minor with 5-5 distribution (or longer.)  
3

C

  Natural and non-forcing with 5+ clubs. Suggests 5 diamonds because opener is allowed to run to 3

Minor Suit Stayman

.
 
3

D

  Natural and non-forcing with 5+ diamonds. Opener is expected to pass.  
3

H

  A singleton or void in hearts with slam interest. Forcing.  
3

S

  A singleton or void in spades with slam interest. Forcing.  
3NT   To play.  
4

C

  Strong and forcing with 5+ clubs.  
4

D

  Strong and forcing with 5+ diamonds.  


After Opener Rebids 3

C

Responder's Rebid Meaning
Pass   Minimum strength.  
3

D

  Strong and forcing with 5+ diamonds.  
3

H

  A singleton or void in hearts with slam interest. Forcing.  
3

S

  A singleton or void in spades with slam interest. Forcing.  
3NT   Natural and non-forcing. Responder may be something like 2-2-5-4 shape and willing to stop in no-trumps.  
4

C

  Natural and invitational to 5

Minor Suit Stayman

. Shows unbalanced shape because it bypasses 3NT.
 
4

D

  Open for partnership discussion. Could be a cuebid with interest in a diamond slam, OR natural and forcing with 5+ diamonds.  


After Opener Rebids 3

D

Responder's Rebid Meaning
Pass   Minimum strength.  
3

H

  A singleton or void in hearts with slam interest. Forcing.  
3

S

  A singleton or void in spades with slam interest. Forcing.  
3NT   Natural and non-forcing. Responder may be something like 2-2-4-5 shape and willing to stop in no-trumps.  
4

C

  Open for partnership discussion. Could be a cuebid with interest in a club slam, OR natural and forcing with 5+ diamonds.  
4

D

  Natural and invitational to 5

Minor Suit Stayman

. Shows unbalanced shape because it bypasses 3NT.
 


After Opener Rebids 3

H

Responder's Rebid Meaning
3

S

  A singleton or void in spades with slam interest. Forcing.  
3NT   To play.  
4

C

  Natural and forcing with 5+ clubs.  
4

D

  Natural and forcing with 5+ diamonds.  
4

H

  Natural and non-forcing with 3 hearts and unbalanced shape. Proposes playing in the 4-3 major suit fit.  


After Opener Rebids 3

S

Responder's Rebid Meaning
3NT   To play.  
4

C

  Natural and forcing with 5+ clubs.  
4

D

  Natural and forcing with 5+ diamonds.  
4

H

  A singleton or void in hearts with slam interest. Forcing.  
4

S

  Natural and non-forcing with 3 spades and unbalanced shape. Proposes playing in the 4-3 major suit fit.  


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