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answer 56

Three possible hands are given for South but only one is consistent with bidding. Which one? What should the other iands have bid? Neither side is vulnerable

North   East   South   West
1NT   Pass   2 *    


Hand a)
♠ A K 9 5 2
J 9 8 2
A J 2
Hand b)
♠ K J 9 6 2
A K 7 3 2
K 2
Hand c)
♠ J 2
J 4
Q 4 3 2
A Q 7 3 2

(a) is correct.
  • Normaly, you bid Stayman when you have a game-going hand (that's 11+ points facing a 12-14 1NT) and a precisely four-card major. Hand A fits the bill - bidding 2 is the way to find a 4-4 heart fit. If partner replies 2/, you'll raise to game; if she replies 2, you will bid 3 to show five spades and (by inference) four hearts. Not with 5-4 in the majors I recommend using Stayman not Transfers.
  • Hand (b) is a hand to use Transfers - not Stayman because you don't have a preciselt four-card major. Bid 2 (transfer to spades) then follow with 3H. Because you use Stayman with 5-4, this should show 5-5 (forcing to game).
  • Hand (c), is a pass of 1NT ; don't think to rescue into clubs (ending at the three-level) with this semi-balanced hand.

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