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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 A||West B|
|West C||West D|
|West E||West F|
|West G||West H|
|East A||East B|
|East C||East D|
|East E||East F|
|East G||East H|
1 - The West hand is a minimum (16 to 17-, passed the invitational 2) without 4 hearts or 4 spades (2 response to Stayman). The East hand is invitational (8-9 points) with 5 hearts. The 2 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 3 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