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Hand

A7

Context

Nottinghamshire v Staffordshire - June 2008

Dealer

East

Methods

Stayman, Non-promissory Stayman, Five-card Stayman, The Lavings extension

Vulnerability

Both



Opening 1NT, Stayman, non-promissory Stayman

Assuming that South stays quiet, West’s 2 followed by the jump to 3NT promises a four-card major even when playing non-promissory Stayman.

East will have little trouble in converting to the spade game.

W

N

E

S



1NT

-

2

-

2

-

3NT

-

4

-


N

9 4

K Q 7 3 2

T

T 9 8 4 3


S

Q 8 2

T 8

A 8 6 4 2

K 6 5


W

A T 6 5

5 4

K J 9 5

A J 7 5


E

K J 7 3

A J 9 6

Q 7 3

Q 2

Opening 1NT, simple five-card Stayman

Playing five-card Stayman responder must be armed with a second asking bid in search of the 4-4 fit.

3 from West as shown here is simple four-card Stayman showing game-going values.

W

N

E

S



1NT

-

2

-

2

-

3

-

3

-

3

-

4

-

Opening 1NT, five-card Stayman - the Lavings extension

2 promises at least invitational values and 2NT shows a non-minimum with no five-card major after which the auction is game-forcing.

After that the bidding continues as above to locate the 4-4 spade fit.

W

N

E

S


-

1NT


2

-

2NT


3

-

3


3

-

4


Intermediate and above

What happens?


All roads lead to 4 although 3NT is also a playable contract.

With all the finesses lying right 3NT will make either 9 or 10 tricks depending on who declarer plays for the Q, and similarly 4 should make either 10 or 11.

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