






Inverted Puppet Stayman is an improvement over Puppet Stayman developed by Jean Besse, the Swiss expert . The advantage over ‘normal' Puppet Stayman is that opener always gets to play the hand. 


I give here the sequences when 3♣ is used as (Inverted) Puppet Stayman – generally over 2NT (or a 2NT rebid having opened 2♣ etc.). Your initial 3♦/♥ responses are unchanged (presumably transfers). 





3♣ : Inverted Puppet Stayman, is game forcing and asks for 4 and 5 card majors, replies are as follows:  






3♦ 
= no 4 card major, but 5 ♥'s or 5 ♠'s 


The 3♣ bidder then bids as follows: With at least 3443 in the majors, he bids 3NT asking opener to bid 4 of his major. With a doubleton or less in a major responder bids 3 of that suit showing opener the possible misfit, or good fit. 




3♥/♠ 
=
4 card suit (opener bids 3♥ if he has both majors). 


If responder has 4 of opener's major then he bids game in that suit (or cue bids if he has slam interest). If responder has 4 ♠'s and opener has bid 3♥ then responder bids 3NT which opener will pass or correct to 4♠ if he also has 4 ♠'s. 


The slightly tricky situation is when responder was looking for a 53 fit in either major and opener bids 3♥. Responder must bid 3♠ which is not natural, but simply a puppet demanding that opener bid 3NT. I.e. responder was looking for a 53 fit in one major or the other and it did not materialize and so he wants partner to play in 3NT (or maybe higher). 




3NT 
=
no 4 or 5 card major. 






To summarize, here are all of the simple possible sequences, mainly assuming responder has no slam aspirations: 





2N  3♣  3♦  3♥ 
= 
I am only interested in a 4♠ contract if you have 5 ♠'s, else bid 3NT 
2N  3♣  3♦  3♠ 
= 
I am only interested in a 4♥ contract if you have 5 ♥'s, else bid 3NT 
2N  3♣  3♦  3N 
= 
I have at least 3 cards in both majors, bid 4 of your 5carder. 



2N  3♣  3♥  3♠ 
= 
Bid 3NT, I was looking for a 53 major suit fit and there isn't one. 
2N  3♣  3♥  3NT 
= 
I have 4 ♠'s, pass or correct. 
2N  3♣  3♥  4♥ 
= 
We have a 44 ♥ fit. 
2N  3♣  3♠  3N 
= 
I may have 4 ♥'s or may have been looking for a 53 fit somewhere; 


either way I now want you to play in 3NT. 
2N  3♣  3♠  4♠ 
= 
We have a 44 ♠ fit. 
2N  3♣  3N 
= 
Opener has no 4 or 5 card major. 












Terry Quested and Paul Quodomine 
Pattaya Bridge Club 
 www.pattayabridge.com 




