|Responding to Two-Notrump|
It is appropriate to open 2NT with a five-card major. It is equally
desirable to detect any
5-3 major fit, so Puppet Stayman
is a popular choice. Unfortunately, the standard setup for that convention is flawed;
the hunt for the 4-4 major is space-wasteful, and handling
5-4 majors in responder's hand is awkward. Fortunately, these limitations
This matrix combines the following methods:
Some stealth mechanisms are operative; that is, in certain cases the ultimate
declarer is able to withhold distributional information that would be revealed
to the defenders by more traditional methods. Of course, the system also
can be used after
Notes / Memory Aids
Opener's 3♦ rebid shows zero or two majors. This is the underlying key to the entire structure.
When opener shows a major with
4-level patterns are parallel (excluding the Alternate Setup):
Slam tries with a 4-card major and a 5+ minor: if anyone has bid
3♥, the major is spades; otherwise, it is hearts (allows opener
to declare by bidding the major at the 4-level).
Color Baron calls always have some 4-4-3-2 pattern. Responder never actually bids either of his suits (allowing opener to declare).