I need your help to settle a bet. We were having a fun game of Rubber bridge last night over a few drinks. Only 20c per hundred so nothing serious but it got fairly heated when the following hand came up.
I was playing with my Regular partner of the last 11 years. Here is the hand
1NT (15-17) was opened on my right and I thought for about 20 seconds as to what I should bid on this hand.
We play anti over all NT
2C = Diamonds or Both Majors
2D = Hearts or 4 spades and longer minor
2H = 4 hearts and longer minor
2S = Spades
As you can see, this hand fits none of these bids, so I decided I would show just diamonds (We only need 40 to win the rubber). Possibly partner will bid 3D in response which shows interest in going on if I have majors.
So I bid 2C. Alerted by partner. LHO asked my partner what it is and he was trying to remember when LHO said, it doesn't matter and called 2H which was passed around to me.
After the 2H bid I took a view on the hand and decided to bid 2S. This would show both majors but there is no way partner will convert to hearts after LHO bid them. Again, we only need 40 to win the rubber.
1NT - 2C! - 2H - P
P - 2S! AP
partner put down
I rattled home for 10 tricks after the heart lead and the opps got upset. They were claiming that I bid on partners hesitation because I do not have both majors. This is complete rubbish. We have been playing Anti for three years. It took partner a couple of seconds to recall (especially with a few pints taken) but LHO wouldn't wait. My bid is dangerous and paid off but how on earth could anyone think it was based on a delayed response to a question at 2:30am.
Please set my mind at ease on this one. I am a tournament director myself but they won't listen to me.