Playing in a KO match you pick up an exciting hand, dealer, both red.
Q 5 3 6 4 A K Q 9 8 7 6 5 4
Let us suppose that you choose to open 4. LHO passes and partner calls 4. RHO passes.
What is your move?
UPDATE: What actually happened…
Thanks to everyone for offering comments. As several of you suspected, it was not our partnership that bid this way. 4 was alerted as showing hearts. The partner, holding A J x, A x x xx , A Q x x, x bid 4!! (I would probably still be bidding:)) The opener, hearing the alert, removed to 5, a bid that she viewed as “automatic – just bidding my hand.” The responding hand now passed. To our surprise, the director ruled that this was OK.
Since the issue never went to a committee, it was my hope that some objective commentary from impartial players would provide a little education on this subject. Perhaps it will do no good, but maybe it will.
It is the old lesson — the player with unauthorized information always sees the bid as “automatic.” How hard it is to be objective…
As Dealer, with neither vulnerable at IMP’s, you pick up the following:
A Q 5 A K 6 A 7 6 5 4 5 3.
For Goren point counters, this may seem like a routine 1NT opener. For devotees of the Kaplan-Reuben count this is a 17.9 hand, so it is a bit heavy. The problem is that partner, with club length, may respond 1NT and leave you exposed to a spade lead. Alternatively, if partner responds in a major, you have to rebid 2NT with two small in clubs. I realize that most might not even worry about this, but not vulnerable, you choose to bid a heavy 1NT. You are relieved to hear partner invite (via a non-major showing stayman auction) and you land in 3NT.
The Q is led, and partner tables the follwing:
K T 8 2
A J T 9 6.
How do you play it?