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Five-card Stayman Over Two No Trump With Game-going Hands

Puppet Stayman vs Muppet Stayman

Puppet was developed primarily to uncover a five-card major in opener's hand.

As a result the 3 bidder may only have 3-2 in the majors.

Muppet was developed to better handle the five spade and four heart situation with responder.

If it is so important to find a 5-3 major-suit fit, it must be just as important to find a 3-5 fit.

On that basis a Muppet 3 includes all 11 four and five-card card major-suit distributions

thus avoiding the need for transfers.

     2NT - 3 includes 5-5, 5-4, 5-3, 5-2, 4-4, 4-3, or 4-2 in the majors.


a) 3 shows 5-3, 4-3, 5-2 or 4-2 in the majors - 3 is asking for major.

    3 shows a spade suit and 3NT shows a heart suit - Pass or place contract.

                                                                                 3 shows five hearts and three spades.

                                                                                     Opener places contract.

                                                                                 3NT shows five spades and three hearts.

                                                                                      Opener passes or places contract.

     3 includes 5-5, 5-4, 5-3, 5-2, 4-4, 4-3, or 4-2 in the majors.


b) 3NT shows 3-3, 3-2, or 2-2 in the majors - Pass. Willing to miss a 3-5 fit

                                                                             to avoid being in 2-5 fit.

c) 4 shows 5-4 or 4-4 in the majors -  4 is a transfer to hearts

                                                                  and 4 is a transfer to spades. 

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