[BLML] When it helps opponents
diggadog at iinet.net.au
Wed Apr 16 18:20:51 CEST 2014
My answer is that X is for penalties in hearts.
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From: Alain Gottcheiner <agot at ulb.ac.be>
To: Bridge Laws Discussion List <blml at rtflb.org>
Subject: [BLML] When it helps opponents
I'd like your advice on one situation which could happen (and already
happened) in countries where some calls (like doubles and cues) aren't
1C* p 1D** 1H
* classical in a 5-card majors framework
** T-Walsh (Hearts)
@ you play support doubles (3 cards and a non-minimum) ; but of course
here it doesn't make sense if 1H is natural, so it's plain penalties
(although there is arguably little difference in the type of hands which
You're the 1D bidder, and are asked by RHO about the double.
How do you react ?
You might of course say "it depends on the meaning of 1H, so please
explain first and I'll tell you", but it will draw RHO's attention to
the fact that 1H might in fact be artificial (some kind of take-out).
You might say "if 1H is natural etc.", with the same effect.
Alas, you may not assume from the lack of alert that 1H is natural and
answer accordingly, because if it is a cue-bid, it isn't alertable either !
Most problematic : that conditional explanation will make apparent that
your bid meant hearts. That might be considered as UI to your partner,
just in case he forgot you're playing T-Walsh (maybe he alerted plain
Walsh or something else).
So, the question is : are you compelled to remember RHO that 1H might be
artificial and partner that 1D is ? Or is there some way out ?
Thank you for your help.
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