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Bridge Corner: November 2, 2017

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The Stayman Convention – Showing an Invitational Five-Card Major by Responder

North (N) is Dealer

North
♠ QJ104
♥ 543
♦ 4
♣ J8543

West East
♠ A5 ♠K98
♥ QJ1098 ♥AK6
♦ J763 ♦AQ1092
♣ 62 ♣97

South
♠ 7632
♥ 72
♦ K85
♣ AKQ10

South West North East
1♣ 1♠ Pass
2♥ Pass 3♥ Pass
4♥ Pass Pass Pass

1. Who and what is the opening bid?
2. Does the partnership belong in game or in partscore?
3. Does West know whether there is an eight-card fit in the heart suit?
4. How can West find out? 5. North passes. What is East’s reply to Stayman?
6. South passes. What should West rebid now?
7. North passes. What should East bid?
8. What is the final contract?
9. Who will be the declarer?
10. Who will make the opening lead?
11. What will the opening lead be?
12. How many losers can declarer afford?
13. How many losers does declarer have?
14. Are there any potential problems based upon which lead North chooses?

Answers:
1.(With a balanced hand and 16 HCP, East opens with 1NT)
2. (West is not sure)
3. (Not yet)
4. (Bid 2♣, Stayman, and then bid hearts. This would show an invitational hand with a five-card heart suit.)
5. (2 ♦)
6. (2♥)
7. (East recognizes an invitational bid by West with a hand containing a five-card heart suit. East should bid 4♥ with a maximum notrump.)
8. (4♥)
9. (West)
10. (North)
11. (North has a great lead in the ♠Q, however, North may elect to lead the singleton diamond)
12. (Three)
13. (Two clubs plus the ♦K if the finesse loses.)
14 (If North chooses the singleton diamond lead, West must not take the finesse or West will lose a diamond, two diamond ruffs and two clubs for down two. If West rises with the ♦A, West can safely pull trumps and lose the ♦K later, along with two clubs to make the contract.)

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