M J Bridge

Theory and Conventions



Stayman variations

These pages assume familiarity with basic promissory four-card Stayman as introduced in improvers methods.

However, there will also be reference at various points to a variation on ‘garbage Stayman’ which will be played alongside some of your other choices

garbage Stayman.


four-card promissory Stayman

is considered in rather greater depth than it was in ‘improver’s methods’.

Then I shall look at variations on the basic system, in particular

non-promissory Stayman

and alternative versions of the convention, particularly those which ask for a five-card major

five-card Stayman.

Post-beginner and above

This page last revised 23rd Aug 2019

Context  -  Partner opened 1NT - RHO passed - intermediate and beyond - available bids.

Opener’s first bid