M J Bridge

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Hand

A14

Context

Staffordshire v Lincolnshire - May 2008

Dealer

North

Methods

Garbage Stayman, opponents' suit, partial stop

Vulnerability

NS




N

K T 4

A 9 6 5

J 4

K Q J 3


S

9 8 5 3 2

T 8 4 2

8 6

6 2


W

A Q 7 6

Q 3

A Q 5

A 9 8 7


E

J

K J 7

K T 9 7 3 2

T 5 4

Opening 1NT, garbage Stayman, opponents’ suit, partial stop

Provided that NS do not promise invitational values with their Stayman response then it can be used as a weak take-out when holding both majors, South planning to bid his five-card spade suit over a negative response (in some versions South will plan to rebid 2 promising at least 4-4 shape in the two suits - see below).

Even with eighteen points West does not have an immediate bid available, but it is inconceivable that he will not get a further opportunity.

NS will locate their heart fit, and West now has the perfect hand for a take-out double.

East’s hand has too much potential for a feeble offering of 3.  If he can see the potential of that diamond suit then he must either take a punt at 3NT, or force with a bid in the opponents’ suit, as shown.  With a partial stop in hearts and something in spades West has no hesitation in bidding 3NT.

W

N

E

S

-

1NT

-

2

-

2

-

-

x

-

3

-

3NT

-

-

-













Evaluation


EW have little trouble in coming to nine or more tricks in no trumps.

We scored well on this board as very few EW pairs found the game.


There are no conclusions to be drawn about the methods employed above - this hand is all about East’s judgement of the potential of the hand.

Post-beginner to intermediate

Opening 1NT, five-card Stayman, garbage Stayman, opponents’ suit, partial stop

Playing five-card Stayman and a garbage sequence to promise 4-4 in the majors North will respond 2 in the first instance and South will show his hand with a rebid of 2.

The auction should then continue as above.

W

N

E

S

-

1NT

-

2

-

2

-

2

x

-

3

-

3NT

-

-

-

Intermediate and above

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