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Minor Suit Stayman - The Minor Suit Stayman conventions has several variations, usually complementing treatments to handle minor suit transfers, minor slam try, etc.  Two sequences typically initiate Minor Suit Stayman, responder's Spade bid in reply to partner's opening 1 Notrump:

1N - 2S;

2N - 3S;

Note:   1N - (overcall) - ?    Minor Suit Stayman is "off" when opponent overcalls

The responder generally uses these sequences to show length in the minor suits - 4 or 5 depending on partnership agreements and responder hand type; the responder always denies a 4 card major.  The  Minor Suit Stayman is useful to describe four types of responder hands:

1. Minor suit signoff to play (Club-Diamond bust, with 5-5 or more in minors)

2. Transfer to 3C with a Club bust (in contrast to Four Suit Transfers)

3. Long Diamond suit to play at 3 level (Diamond bust)

4. Slam interest in the minors (some play 4-5/5-4 in minors, other prefer 5-5), possibly with a singleton or void in a major suit

1.  Minor suit signoff to play (Club-Diamond bust, with 5-5 or more in minors)

 

1N - 2S;
2N
no support
3C
Club support
3D
Diamond w/o
     Club support

1N - 2S;
2N - 3C;
P/3D

After responder bids 2S, opener bids the lowest 4 card minor or bids 2N lacking support.  Notice the similarity to regular Stayman; with the regular Stayman, opener makes a neutral bid (2D with Stayman). 

In the case of Minor Suit Stayman, opener's neutral bid is again the lowest step, 2N after responder's 2S asking bid to deny 4 card support.

Responder then rebids 3C, permitting opener to Pass or correct to 3D with better Diamond support.

2. Transfer to 3C with a Club bust

1N - 2N;
3C

Responder's 2N bid forces opener to bid 3C; responder Passes indicating a Club bust

3. Long Diamond suit to play at 3 level (Diamond bust)

1N - 2S;
any- 3D

Responder's 3D rebid is always a sign off showing a Diamond bust, opener must Pass. Thus, if opener rebids 3D, responder simpy Passes.

4. Slam interest in the minors (some play 4-5/5-4 in minors, other prefer 5-5), possibly with a singleton or void in a major suit

1N - 2S;
3C/D - ?
             3H/S

When responder rebids above 3D, responder implies a fit with opener's rebid suit and responder's rebid suit shows a singleton or void with strong slam interest.   Opener may attempt to signoff in 3N or initiate slam Ace-asking bids with extras.

1N - 2S;
2N - ?

If opener denies minor card support, responder may use other tools to explore slam such as Gerber Ace-asking bids or Quantitative Notrump bids.

 

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