2 NO TRUMP-2
2 HEARTS OR 2 SPADES-1 PT.
Partner has indicated a
minimum hand with at least four clubs. There is no need to look
around for a better spot and considerable danger in trying to do
5 SPADES-5 PTS.
Perhaps you won't make five spades, but you have no
assurance that the opponents won't make five hearts. Further, there
is considerable hope that they may take a save—perhaps a phantom
save—at six hearts. Pass earns points because partner may have some
clear-cut action that he can take. Double wins a point because it is
so much better than something unthinkable such as six spades or six
1 HEART-5 PTS.
1 NO TRUMP-2 PTS.
Since one no trump promises about eight points,
it conveys a wrong message to partner but gets some credit because it
might conceivably work out. A pass is inconceivable, since you have
no basis for hoping to set one diamond doubled. As a result, the top
awards go to the takeout bid in your cheapest three-card suit.