Don’t Settle for 1NT
Partner opens 1NT (15 to 17). Your hand has less than invitational strength, lacks a long biddable suit, has a shape along the lines of 4-3-4-2 or 2-4-5-2 or 3-4-1-5. It might be this hand:
♠K 7 6 5 ♥J 10 2 ♦3 ♣Q 9 6 4 2
They tell you to pass that holding, even though in passing you will leave many fine major-suit fits on the table. This book argues you should hunt
down those fits. Two times out of three, the contracts you scramble to
will matchpoint better than 1NT, and they will gain an average of about
one IMP per hand.
Scramble Stayman examines (1) which types of hands qualify to
scramble, (2) the scramble technique to use (beginning with 2 ♣,
and overlaying standard Stayman) and (3) how the various scramble
contracts score compared to 1NT, measured over thousands of hands. The book features a 100-board ‘match’ between one player staying in
1NT, and another scrambling to a (usually) better contract, which the
scrambler decisively wins.
Doug Bennion is the creator of Barbara Seagram’s software, Practice Your Notrump Bidding and Practice Your Slam Bidding, published by Master Point Press. He wrote and published Bridge Buff, a popular early bridge-playing program, and Visual Deal, a popular early deal generator. He is also the author of several Bridge World articles.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 01 December, 2016.