Puppet Stayman


The purpose of Puppet Stayman is to find a 5-3 (as well as 4-4) major fit.

Bidding:

    1N - 2* = Puppet Stayman tells opener to bid a 5-card major or 2.
    2 - ??

    Responder's bids after 2:

      Pass = weak 3-suited hand short in Clubs.
      2 = 4-card Spade suit. <4 Hearts. Invitational.
      2 = 4-card Heart suit. <4 Spades. Invitational.
      2NT = 4-4 in the majors. Invitational.
      3NT = Natural. Denies a 4-card major. To play.


Response to an opening 2NT:

Bidding:

    2NT-3* = Opener must bid a 5-card major, 3 or 3NT (no 4+ card major).
    3 = At least one 4-card major, no 5-card majors.

    Responder's bids over 3:

      3 = <4 Hearts, 4 Spades.
      3 = <4 Spades, 4 Hearts.
      3NT = to play. No 4-card major.
      4 = 4-4 majors and slam interest.
      4 = 4-4 majors and NO slam interest.