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Stayman or 3NT?

Poll: Stayman or 3NT? (33 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you roll out (simple) Stayman? (or just bid 3NT)

  1. Yes, 4-4 spade fit will go better (24 votes [72.73%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 72.73%

  2. No. Feels notrumpy, plus don't tell them anything (8 votes [24.24%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 24.24%

  3. No. Crap hand, only worth an invite (1 votes [3.03%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.03%

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#21 User is online   helene_t 

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Posted 2017-January-14, 11:21

according to han's analysis, stayman has a small edge when one factors in the impact of the information leak on the opening lead. I tend to believe that factoring in the impact on the whole defence would give blasting a small edge but that would require lots of data to demonstrate.
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Posted 2017-January-14, 17:17

Even with a spade fit, losing trick count implies game is not likely.
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Posted 2017-January-16, 03:24

I'd definitely Stayman with the hand because of the normal advantages of a 4-4 major fit. In this particular hand, neither 3 NT nor 4 was particularly good. Those are the breaks sometime.

You might not "prefer 3 NT on the South cards" if partner's and were reversed. Then 3 NT can go down off the top with a lead.

The point being that you can't always judge what's right solely from your own hand.
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Posted 2017-January-16, 05:22

View Postbobcandoit, on 2017-January-14, 17:17, said:

Even with a spade fit, losing trick count implies game is not likely.

Interesting. I automatically bid game with ten points but considering some possible hands partner could have, an invite may be enough.

Partner could have AQxx-KJxx-Ax-Kxx. So I think we need to give it a chance. But obviously he would accept with that.

BTW, the poll questions are strange. If I consider it worth only an invite I could still use Stayman.
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