Stayman or 3NT?
Posted 2017-January-14, 11:21
Posted 2017-January-16, 03:24
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.
Posted 2017-January-16, 05:22
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.
Posted 2017-February-09, 08:43
I suppose I am stubborn, but I still start with Stayman and then bid 4S. If I am playing 1NT-3C as Puppet, I start with that but you stipulated standard Stayman so 2C it is.
We have 25 high card points so they have 15. Whenever that happens, they can have three Aces and an accompanying K. But usually they won't. And there is always the danger of a ruff. But, as I say, I am stubborn. 2C here, and I am sticking with it.
Imps are stipulated but the imp/mp issue has been mentioned. On some hands, both 3NT and 4M will make, both on the nose. In imps, it makes little difference. In mps, you want to be in the major. So on any close calls about whether to use Stayman, I am more inclined at imps to just blast, and use Stayman at mps. On the current hand I would figure (when just looking at my hand) that if we have the strength to make nine tricks in NT then a club ruff will probably bring us up to ten tricks in spades.
I can, belatedly, see the point of just inviting but the fact is I would not do it. Stubborn. Can't help it.
Posted 2017-February-09, 10:56
I think this is wrong to be honest. The South hand is worth a good 9 in my book and that is for me worth game opposite a 15-17 NT. On the other hand, I consider the North hand as worth no more than 14.5 but for some reason people are much more reluctant to devalue a hand outside of their NT range than upgrade into it, so I doubt there would be a lot of takers for moving this down into 1♣. In some ways the hands play much better if using a 14-16 NT. Now the South hand really does look like an invite. Such range effects on specific hands are hardly a good basis for system decisions though.