Compiled by Daisy Smith
You have learned that with
eight points and a four card major you
bid the Stayman in response to 1 NT. Now, add
this to your bridge repertoire. Don’t bid Stayman
This pattern is what we consider
a flat hand. You should raise the NT based on your point count
to the appropriate level. You need some ruffing power with a
Can I bid Stayman
without eight points? The answer is yes.
Use the Stayman
is close to a Yarborough with four
cards in both majors and
at least four diamonds.
Whatever the 1NT
opener rebids, you will PASS. This
be known as the trash Stayman, garbage Stayman or poor-man Stayman.
What can I bid if my partner opens
1NT and I have 5-4
in the majors with game going points?
Bid the Stayman 2C. What do you do if partner bids
Jump in your five card major. If
a doubleton in your five card
suit, he will bid 3NT. With
three card support and
other holdings, the opener
will make a decision
of bidding 3NT or 4
in the major. (2) Jump in your four card major
(Smolen Convention). This convention
allows the opener to be the declarer.
and your partner can choose from the two. I like number 2.
Can I bid the
Stayman with 5-5
in the major? No, use the
With 5/5 cards in the majors, transfer
to spades and then rebid hearts with
game going hands.
With invitational hands or
part score, transfer
first. This is a partnership agreement.
sure you discuss with your partner.
open 1NT and your
partner transfers, super accept
jumping with four- card
support and 17 points. Don't jump with hands
No fewer than
quacks (queens & jacks)
~No intermediates (9 &10).
Remember, these are
partnership agreement tips.