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Conventions - Puppet Stayman

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An opening bid of 2NT can often contain a five card major and basic Stayman can not locate a 5-3 major-suit..

Puppet Stayman, invented by Kit Woolsey and Steve Robinson, is a variation of the Stayman convention intended to solve that problem. It serves two purposes.

▪ It allows the side to find a 5-3 fit when the notrump opener has a 5-card major.

▪ It allows the side to find a 4-4 fit without revealing unnecessary information about the notrump opener's hand to the opponents.

 

Puppet Stayman is most commonly used after a 2NT opening. Some have explored it's use after 1NT but this has not established itself as a popular notion.

 

2NT
Opening
bid

Responder

Opener's rebids

Responder rebids

3C
Puppet Stayman

3D

Shows a 4 but not a 5 card major

3H = 4 spades

3S = 4 hearts

3NT = no 4 card major

3H

Shows FIVE hearts

3S

Shows FIVE spades

3NT

No 4 or 5 card major

3D = transfer to hearts

3H

Completing transfer

3H = transfer to spades

3S

Completing transfer

3S shows 5 spades/4 hearts

Game

(Other uses for 3S exist)

3NT shows 4 hearts/4 spades

Whichever game is best.

 

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