Post by ***@verizon.net
The particular hand is
facing a 1H opening. With strong jump shifts, it's easy. Without, what?
Opener rebids 2NT to the 2C response. Can you find an auction that
would not be the same without the spade Q?
As mentioned, 3H is an easy bid here. Now we hope that partner has
the SK and can control bid it: then we bid either 3NT or 4C, whichever
one we have agreed denotes a serious slam try.
Alternatively, if partner _doesn't_ have a spade control, then partner
will show a serious or frivolous slam try. Opposite a serious slam
try, we will drive to 6 (maybe even to 7, since a serious slam try
must surely include the CQ) and opposite a frivolous one we'll show
a serious one.
Hopefully, if partner bids 4C we have a Last Train 4D available.
Serious/Frivolous 3NT was invented for precisely this kind of hand.
If we aren't playing that or Last Train, well then we accept that
on some hands we can force to game but not show extras and will
sometimes miss slam. There were several notorious deals in the '70s
and '80s when 2/1 was being developed where that happened.
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