THE ENCOURAGING TAKE-OUT
In the following auction, the 2H bid is encouraging and a mild probe for game,
NOT an attempted rescue. Opener is showing a five-card heart suit, something
useful in diamonds and probably a decent weak no-trump. Opener can't have
anything he wanted to say too desperately or else he'd have said it
immediately over 2C instead of passing.
1H pass 1NT 2C
pass pass 2D pass