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Drop Dead Stayman (Garbage Stayman) - An artificial treatment by responder after opener bids 1 Notrump.  The responder bids 2C, planning to Pass any bid by opener.
 
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K Q 10
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5 4 3 2
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North opens 1 Notrump.  Based on South's 4=4=4=1 holding, any 2 level contract other than 1N or 2C will play better than passing opener's 1 Notrump .  After responder bids 2C appearing to be Stayman, opener makes a normal response of 2D, 2H, or 2S.  Regardless of responder's bid, opener must pass

Note: Simulations show the Garbage Stayman works best when the partnership has less than 20 points.  For instance, when opener has 15-17 points and responder has a singleton or void in Clubs, the likelihood to make a 1 Notrump contract is:
 
0-3 HCP 7 percent
4 HCP 36 percent
5 HCP 45 percent
6 HCP 64 percent

Also see Stayman


 

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