We played two over one and we missed the grand on this deal after using Jacoby 2NT. Look forward to your comments. Thanks in advance.
Assuming North opened:
- Playing strong jump shifts (which is what Kevin and I play) would have worked very well on this hand.
Shows 5+ spades, slammish―either play my suit, your suit or NT
Exclusion blackwood for hearts―if South didn’t have hearts he would just bid 3♠ or 3N)
* I would show the best hand I could, since I have 15 HCP―six hearts and 3 quick-tricks. Even if you bid 3N, a medium hand, South will cuebid. The cuebid over 3N would be 4♣
Over 3♠, North will bid 4♦. Over 4♣, North will bid 4♦
Now, South can bid 4N, knowing whether or not North has the ♥A. Shouldn’t bid 4N right away since if North showed one ace you wouldn’t know if it was the ♦ or ♥ ace. You must get him to confirm or deny the ♦A before you bid 4N
Once partner shows the ♥A you can bid 7♥.
Opener denied shortness so know he has two spades. So, you know at a minimum your looking at ♦A, ♣A, 5 hearts, a ♦ ruff and at least five spades (unless spades are 5-0.)
As it turns out, you probably have 15 tricks or so.
The only thing you have to worry about in the 2N Auction is if partner has three small spades. That might be a problem.