Quick summary

Game could be on in a Major or NT. Tell partner with 2club Stayman.

If you don't use Stayman, decide if you are balanced or not, and then:


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After 1NT, 11+ 4-card Major

Most intermediate to advanced players use Stayman in this position. Stayman allows you to find a 8-card Major match if there is one, or revert to NT if there isn't. And whichever is best, it also allows you to find out if you should bid up to Game.

But, if you haven't agreed with your partner to use Stayman, then here's what you do. . .


With a 4-card Major, but not a 5-card one, in many cases you are going to be balanced.

Since you have no 5+ card majors, your distribution is probably spadeheartdiamondclub 4-4-3-2, or 4-3-3-3, or 4-3-5-2, for example. In that case just go and look at the last < page.


With the rarer distributions, spadeheartdiamondclub 4-4-5-1, 4-4-6-0, 4-3-6-1 you are obviously unbalanced. In that case just go and look on the next > page



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