1 Conventional Wisdom Filling out the convention card part 4. The 24-part Conventional Wisdom series is available online at Puppet Stayman Many pairs use a 3 response to a 2NT. opening as Stayman, asking if opener has a four-card major. A popular variation is to play puppet Stayman, wherein the A 3 response asks if opener has a four- or five-card major. L The advantage to this method is that it allows opener to open E 2NT even if the hand contains a five-card major without worrying about 2NT Most pairs use a 2NT opening to describe missing a possible 5 3 major-suit trump fit. a strong balanced hand. Popular high-card point R. ranges include 20 21, 20 22 or even 22 24.
2 Write your ranges in the lines provided. Note that T If you play puppet Stayman, check the RED box and Alert the opponents. these lines are in black, so no Announcement is necessary. Transfer Responses: After a 2NT opening showing a strong balanced hand, many pairs allow responder to show a long major 3 Since most pairs use . NT OPENING BIDS with a transfer response. Responder bids Stayman and transfers, the 3 _____.. 2NT _____ to _____. Puppet Stayman the suit below the one he actually holds, 3 response to 2NT and opener accepts the transfer by bidding 3 _____ Transfer Responses: is often left without a the next higher suit. 3 _____ Jacoby Texas meaning.
3 Indeed, many 3 _____ Jacoby After a 2NT opening, Jacoby trans- pairs agree simply not to 3 _____. _____ fers are made at the three level. assign a meaning to 3 _____. Opener Responder _____. 3NT _____ to _____. at all! Others, however, 4 , 4 Transfer 2NT 3 . use a 3 response to Smolen Lebensohl (____denies) Conventional NT Openings 3 . show some sort of hand Responder's 3 bid promises five or more . Neg. Double :_____ _____. with length in one or both _____ hearts, and asks opener to accept the Other: _____. A minors. Jacoby transfer by bidding the next highest L If your 3 response is not suit, 3 . The auction proceeds from there. Similarly, a 3 response to 2NT would be E natural, write a brief de- scription on the RED lines Conventional NT Openings These lines a Jacoby transfer to 3.
4 R provided and Alert the are used to describe methods that are Texas After a 2NT opening, Texas transfers T rare or unusual. An Alert is required for are made at the four level. opponents. any treatment described in this space. Opener Responder Pairs who use a 2NT opening to show 2NT 4 . a weak two-suited hand, typically the 4 . 3NT Many pairs agree to play an minors, should describe this treatment When responder uses a Texas transfer, he opening bid of 3NT as showing here. Some pairs like to use 3NT to promises at least six cards in the major. To a super-strong balanced hand, show a long, running minor suit, possibly transfer to spades, responder would bid such as 24 or more HCP.
5 Common with other values in different suits. This 4 , asking opener to accept the Texas ranges are 24 26 or 25 27. approach is popularly called Gambling transfer by bidding 4 . After the transfer is If you play this way, write your Notrump, since opener is gambling he accepted, responder may pass or continue range in the spaces provided. No can take nine tricks in 3NT before the bidding depending on the strength of his Announcement is necessary. opponents can defeat him. hand. A If you play any conventional A If you play this method, write a short Note that the transfer boxes L description on the RED line provided and L responses to a 3NT opening (such Alert the opponents.)
6 Are in BLUE. If you play E as transfers) use the RED line for E Jacoby or Texas transfers, a brief description, and Alert the check the BLUE box(es) and Announce R opponents. R "Transfer" if your partner uses a transfer T T response to your 2NT opening.