I held this hand today in a sectional team game. None vul., what is your call when partner opens 1 heart?
There are several choices. Many players would start with a game-forcing 2 club bid, followed by a heart raise. The hand contains 13 high card points, but a closer examination reveals 8 losers. This makes it a game-invitational hand, rather than a game-forcing hand.
I responded with a forcing notrump, awaiting further information from my partner. He rebid 2NT, showing a strong hand--a hand suitable for a jump rebid of 2NT. I had the information I needed and jumped to 4 hearts.
There was a surprise ruff of the opening club lead, but the contract was in no danger as the ace of spades was onside as well as the diamond king.
The bigger surprise occurred when we compared results and learned we had won 10 imps on the board. My (expert) counterpart made the game-forcing 2 club bid with my hand, and when he later showed hearts, his partner bid the hand to the 5-level--down 1!
2. Holding this hand the other night, my partner responded 1NT to my 1 spade opener, then had to decide what to do when I rebid 2 hearts:
Although she had only 6 points, she properly counted her losers (8) and realized she needed to invite with 3 hearts. This got us to a good 20-point game.
Using losing trick count in the bidding helps you go right in these situations For more information about losing trick count, see my booklet on the subject: http://jennbridge.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html
Thanks to Memphis Mojo, a fellow bridge blogger who wrote a nice review of said booklet entitled Elevate Your Game: http://pokerandbridge.blogspot.com/2011/08/elevate-your-game.html
Check out Memphis Mojo's interesting bridge/poker/travel blog--complete with photos!
See you at the table!