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April 1, 2000
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Test Your Stayman

This brief is an excerpt from an article that first appeared in Issue #19 (Jul/Aug 1997) of The Bridge Companion.

Instructions: Match every hand from the West pool with every auction that it fits. Match every hand from the East pool with each auction that it fits. Some hands may fit more than one auction. For a review of Stayman consult Issue #3 (Nov/Dec 1994).

West Hands

West A West B
spade.gif (842 bytes)KJ4 spade.gif (842 bytes)KJ74
heart.gif (841 bytes)KJ43 heart.gif (841 bytes)KJ4
diamond.gif (837 bytes)A54 diamond.gif (837 bytes)A754
club.gif (841 bytes)AQ4 club.gif (841 bytes)AQ

 

West C West D
spade.gif (842 bytes)KJ4 spade.gif (842 bytes)KJ4
heart.gif (841 bytes)KJ3 heart.gif (841 bytes)KJ3
diamond.gif (837 bytes)A754 diamond.gif (837 bytes)A74
club.gif (841 bytes)A54 club.gif (841 bytes)A954

 

West E West F
spade.gif (842 bytes)KJ4 spade.gif (842 bytes)KJ4
heart.gif (841 bytes)KJ43 heart.gif (841 bytes)K3
diamond.gif (837 bytes)A54 diamond.gif (837 bytes)A754
club.gif (841 bytes)A54 club.gif (841 bytes)AQ54

 

West G West H
spade.gif (842 bytes)AJ10 spade.gif (842 bytes)KJ107
heart.gif (841 bytes)KJ43 heart.gif (841 bytes)KJ109
diamond.gif (837 bytes)A54 diamond.gif (837 bytes)A105
club.gif (841 bytes)A54 club.gif (841 bytes)A10

East Hands

East A East B
spade.gif (842 bytes)Q86 spade.gif (842 bytes)Q986
heart.gif (841 bytes)AQ75 heart.gif (841 bytes)AQ52
diamond.gif (837 bytes)986 diamond.gif (837 bytes)986
club.gif (841 bytes)732 club.gif (841 bytes)K2

 

East C East D
spade.gif (842 bytes)Q986 spade.gif (842 bytes)Q986
heart.gif (841 bytes)A52 heart.gif (841 bytes)AQ752
diamond.gif (837 bytes)986 diamond.gif (837 bytes)98
club.gif (841 bytes)K32 club.gif (841 bytes)K2

 

East E East F
spade.gif (842 bytes)Q986 spade.gif (842 bytes)Q86
heart.gif (841 bytes)AQ8752 heart.gif (841 bytes)AQ752
diamond.gif (837 bytes)6 diamond.gif (837 bytes)986
club.gif (841 bytes)32 club.gif (841 bytes)32

 

East G East H
spade.gif (842 bytes)Q986 spade.gif (842 bytes)Q9863
heart.gif (841 bytes)Q52 heart.gif (841 bytes)752
diamond.gif (837 bytes)K86 diamond.gif (837 bytes)K86
club.gif (841 bytes)KJ2 club.gif (841 bytes)K4

Auctions

No. 1
West East
1NT 2club.gif (841 bytes)
2diamond.gif (837 bytes) 2heart.gif (841 bytes)
Pass

 

No. 2
West East
1NT 2club.gif (841 bytes)
2heart.gif (841 bytes) 3heart.gif (841 bytes)
Pass

 

No. 3
West East
1NT 2club.gif (841 bytes)
2heart.gif (841 bytes) 2NT
3NT Pass

 

No. 4
West East
1NT 2club.gif (841 bytes)
2heart.gif (841 bytes) 3NT
Pass

 

No. 5
West East
1NT 2club.gif (841 bytes)
2diamond.gif (837 bytes) 2spade.gif (842 bytes)
4spade.gif (842 bytes) Pass

 

No. 6
West East
1NT 2club.gif (841 bytes)
2heart.gif (841 bytes) 4heart.gif (841 bytes)
Pass

 

No. 7
West East
1NT 2club.gif (841 bytes)
2diamond.gif (837 bytes) 4heart.gif (841 bytes)
Pass

 

No. 8
West East
1NT 2club.gif (841 bytes)
2diamond.gif (837 bytes) 3heart.gif (841 bytes)
3NT Pass

Answers

1 - The West hand is a minimum (16 to 17-, passed the invitational 2heart.gif (841 bytes)) without 4 hearts or 4 spades (2diamond.gif (837 bytes) response to Stayman). The East hand is invitational (8-9 points) with 5 hearts. The 2heart.gif (841 bytes) rebid shows continued interest after West has denied holding 4 hearts.

West: CDF East: F

2 - The West hand is minimum with 4 hearts (did not accept the 3heart.gif (841 bytes) invitation). The East hand is invitational with 4 hearts and could still have 4 spades.

West: EGH East: AF

3 - West is maximum (17+ to 18) with 4 hearts and 2 or 3 spades. East is invitational with 4 spades and without 4 hearts.

West: A East: C

4 - West is minimum or maximum and has 4 hearts but not 4 spades. East has 10-14 points and 4 spades without 4 hearts.

West: AEG East: G

5 - The West hand is maximum with 3 spades and 2 or 3 hearts. The East hand is invitational (8-9 points) with 5 spades.

West: F East: H

6 - The West hand is minimum or maximum and has 4 hearts. West may also hold 4 spades. East has game values (10-14) and 4 hearts.
East may also hold 4 spades.

West: AEGH East: BDE

7 - West is minimum or maximum and does not have 4 hearts or 4 spades. East must have 6 hearts (to be certain hearts is correct). Why Stayman? East must have 4 spades also.

West: CDF East: E

8 - The West hand is minimum or maximum and has 3 spades and 2 hearts. East is game going (10-14) with 5 hearts.

West: F East: D

Thanks!
Gary King

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