M J Bridge
When playing that all balanced hands in the 12 to 14 point range (including those with a decent five-
The obvious (though not the only) solution is to modify your Stayman enquiry so as to request opener to respond in a five-
On the next three pages I offer three possible variations on the theme, but please read the observations lower down this page before committing yourself to any one of them.
Note that when you chose to open 5-
It will have added a little to the definition of you hand (balanced or not) when bidding to game-
At imps scoring (usually teams) this will be neither here nor there.
This matter was discussed in the section on the opening bid.
For now I shall just repeat that those who play most of their bridge at match-
Even if you choose to include those hands with a good five-
The mechanisms are linked from the page on 5-
If you adopt ‘2♣ promises invitational values’ you will clearly lose your garbage Stayman sequences.
How important this is to you in the form of bridge which you play most often is up to you to decide.
At an improvers’ level you will probably have a system for showing hands of invitational or game-
If you choose either of the 2♣ versions of five-
Be certain to ensure that you put a suitable method in place at the same time as you change your Stayman bid.
Increasingly popular recently is the use of 3♣ as five-
Recommended, provided that you can afford to dispense with any other meaning which might have been allocated to this bid.
This page last revised 16th Oct 2019
Intermediate and above
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