We generally bid 2 diamonds "waiting" in response to 2 clubs, reserving the cheapest 3-level bid for the rare "second negative" bid. If we have a suit we want to tell partner about (5-card suit with 2 of the top 3 honors, or 6-card suit with 3 of the top 5, for example) we go ahead and bid it. Therefore, I bid 2H.
Partner now bid 2S and I showed my second suit, 3D. Pard now bid 3NT. Should I carry on, and if so, how?
I decided that with two aces and two good 5 card suits, I was worth another call opposite a 2 club opener, so I bid 4NT, quantitative. Pard now jumped to 6NT and got a club lead.
The play was not difficult. He overtook the queen of hearts with the ace and knocked out the heart king. He now had 3C, 2D, 3S and 4 heart tricks.
We have never adopted the bid of 2H showing a double negative and 2N showing hearts for several reasons:
- 2D waiting works quite well, is still used by many top pairs, and "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"!
- 2H as a second negative comes up rarely and takes away the opportunity to bid hearts naturally. (It also requires firm follow-up agreements, which, in my experience, many pairs don't have.)
- 2NT showing hearts is the worst part of it as it "wrong-sides" the notrump, takes up a lot of valuable space and requires even more elaborate follow-up agreements.
See you at the table!