How The Stayman Convention Got Its Name

The Stayman convention is one of the first conventions that all beginning bridge players learn, but have you ever wondered how it got its name?  (If you don’t know how and when to use the convention – click Stayman Convention.)

It was named after an American bridge player – Sam Stayman.  You might think from this that Mr Stayman invented the convention, but it appears that he didn’t.  It seems that the convention was developed independently by two different bridge players one of whom, George Rapee, was Sam Stayman’s regular bridge partner.

Sam wrote about this new bidding convention in an article for the June 1945 edition of The Bridge World magazine.  Because Sam Stayman had written the article, the convention came to be known by his name – The Stayman Convention.

You can read more on Wikipedia

Sam’s widow is still playing bridge to this day.

Stayman Convention