When does a player know when it is a forcing or non-forcing bid?

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    will
    will
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    Some auctions are tricky, but in simple terms:

    New suits are forcing in almost all cases.
    – New suits by responder are forcing.
    – I play that new suits by opener are not forcing [uncontested 1H : 1S ; 2D shows 5H,4D and 12 – 17/18 passable]
    – Opener can jump shift 18/19+ and Game Forcing.
    – After a 2-over-1 response new suits by opener are forcing.

    However, once anyone has bid NT then basically nothing is forcing, and anyone must jump.
    – 1H (1NT overcall) 2D non-forcing

    – Your example [uncontested 1D : 1NT ; 2C shows 5D, 4C passable]

    – Uncontested 1H : 1S : 1NT : 2D is non-forcing unless you play it as a convention such as 2-way checkback.

    Your second example was a Reverse, and therefore forcing for one-round.

    In all cases where partner has made a non-forcing bid, you must choose between her suits
    so:
    1H : 1S
    2D : ??
    Responder will only pass with less than 8 points, AND a hand that likes Diamonds more than Hearts
    Otherwise, GIVE PREFERENCE, back to 2H which doesn’t show a fit.

    #8066
    joaneb
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    Your first example is non forcing as opener’s second suit (♣) is ranked below the first (♦). 1NT is a limit bid, and opener is merely showing shape. If opener were in the maximum range, they would have jump shifted to make it forcing.
    Your second example shows a strong 16/17+ point hand, because opener’s second suit (♥) is ranked above the first (♦)and the bidding is at the two level.
    The sequence of 1♥ P 1♠ P 2♣ is not 100% forcing, but opener shows a hand of 13 – 18 points (just short of a jump shift, which would show 19,20), so responder should try very hard to bid again. The only hands with which they might pass would be something like ♠109xxx ♥10 ♦Kxxx ♣Qxx

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    #8058
    MargaretN
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    Players at our club are finding it difficult to identify when a bid is forcing. Example 1D P 1NT P 2C P P P or
    1D P 1NT P 2H P P P. Are these forcing or non-forcing?

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