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               RULE: Do not use Stayman when you have a 4-3-3-3 hand. We are
        programmed to always want to play a hand in a major when we have an 8
        card fit. We can draw trump and still have one trump left in declarer’s hand and
        one in dummy. These trumps can then be scored separately by means of ruffing
        (trumping), allowing declarer to win one more trick in the major than he could in
        No Trump (420 versus 400 on the score sheet).
               BUT for this to be able to happen, there must be a short suit somewhere.
        With no short suit, avoid using Stayman. Responder to a 1NT opener holding
        10+ HCP and a 4 card major and 4-3-3-3 should simply bid 3NT. Responder
        with 9 HCP should raise merely to 2NT: This asks opener if he has 15 to pass
        and if he has 17 to bid 3NT. . . with 16, he should decide if he likes his hand:
        10’s and 9’s versus 2’s and 3’s. Possession of a 5 card suit would also be
        a reason to accept the invitation and bid 3NT. There is one other factor: He
        should check to see who he is playing against. If they look like gentle souls, he
        should bid 3NT . . . ☺☺☺!
               Responder to a 1NT opener with 4-3-3-3 and exactly 8 HCP should
        pass. It will be right most of the time.





















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