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Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors

Over partner’s 1NT (say 15-17)it is common practice to use Stayman with short clubs and very weak hands, like 4351/3451, 4450, and 3460/4360 and the classic but riskier 4441.  I've seen it with weak 3361 (and I favor it). This is NOT Junk Stayman as you are prepared to Pass 2D.

Junk Stayman (hereinafter simply JS) is Pass or correct after 1NT-2C-2D-2H.  (we’ll leave 5S4H weak off the table for now).  This tool seems obvious with weak 5-5 and weak 4-5, but the issue of its efficacy is open for 4S4H hands.

 IMO there seems to be 4 categories of hand types, i.e.:

1) Unbalanced very weak- like 4414 with 0-4 hcp (or so)

2) Unbalanced where making 1NT is a reasonable risk, like 4414 and 5-7 (or bad 8).  Some might raise 2M With top of range.

3) Balanced very weak- 4423/4432 and say 0-4 hcp or so.

4) Balanced upper end-4432/4423 and 5-7 (bad 8 for some)

Clearly the risk of going for 4-4 fit (and missing it) must be offset by the superiority of the 4-4 fit over 1NT.  Seemingly greater at lower end of range where 1NT is an unlikely make, and less when in upper end of range where plus in 1NT is likely.

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Never JS
JS on 1) only
JS on 1)-2) only
JS on 1) and 3) only
JS on 1)-3) only
JS on all 4
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