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Minor suit Stayman

Does anyone play 3S over a 2NT opening bid and, if so, how does it work? Thank you.


  • Replies 3NT no 4 card minor, 4C = 4+clubs (& maybe diamonds), 4D = 4+diamonds.

    It is one of the more sensible uses for an otherwise redundant bid in many people's methods.

  • A different approach is to solve a problem that arises when the responder has 5 spades and 4 hearts and you would like opener to declare. A solution involves 3S being a relay to 3NT, which can be passed. With a one-suiter or two-suiter in the minors, responder continues in a way previously discussed with partner. A bid of 3NT announces 5 spades and 4 hearts. All one need do it remember. My partner and I have used this approach 3 times. All unsuccessfully. Old brains, methinks. Anyway, the theory is correct, even if it did not work in practice ;)

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