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Week 0180 : 4th December 2023



After a 1NT or 2NT opening bid, 2♣ or 3♣ asks partner to bid a five-card major. The diamond response (2 or 3) denies the holding. If responder has a four-card major, he bids it on the second round and opener will confirm a 4-4 major suit fit if one exists.

In the UK, while it is quite common to play five-card Stayman in response to 2NT, few pairs use it in response to 1NT.

Here is an example of the convention in action:

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