In the uncontested auction: 1H - 1S - 3H - 3S
1) Is 3S forcing?
2) If so, forcing to game?
A: Yes and Yes -Larry
There are many reasons why this sequence should be forcing. When one partner jump-rebids their own suit, that typically says "I'm pretty comfortable with this suit". As a result, if you are sitting there with no cards in partners suit, and also a hand that doesn't want to go to game, you should pass--this is partner's problem.
Another important concept is that you want to be able to make a forcing bid when your partner has shown a good hand. Here, the jump-rebidder has about 16 points and the responder has at least 6 points. This side isn't far from a game anyways, so there's no reason to have any more invitational bids here. If the responder has a good hand, though, they might need room to describe what is going on. What should responder do with, say,
They want to explore for game and possibly for slam, and don't want to jump around to get there.
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Updated: August 2021