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Evaluate, obligate, partnership

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This hand came up tonight, playing BBO IMP pairs with regular partner and unknown opponents. 

East
632
KJ93
KQ
J1086
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
P
?

How do you evaluate this hand in support of s?  If you evaluate it as being worth a mixed raise, then the partnership agreement is to respond 3.  If you evaluate it as being worth a limit raise with 3-card support (or 4 trumps with 4333), the partnership agreement is to respond 2.  If you evaluate the hand to be a limit raise with 4-card support, then the partnership agreement is to respond 2NT.

I decided to treat it, rightly or not, as a 4-card LR and responded 2NT.  (One problem with 3/ mixed raise, as I saw it, was lack of room for partner to make a counter game try.)  Lho bid 3 and partner bid 3NT.  In my stupor I figured out that Partner intended this to be Serious 3N.  However, I then did not show the control.  Had I done so, partner (with AKxx, ATxxxx, Ax, x) most likely would have pushed to a poor slam, down 1. 

I later thought about this hand and started to feel that I should have treated the hand as being worth a mixed raise to start with if I wasn't prepared to cooperate with partner's control asks should they ever occur.  (Never had a situation where partner pulled out Serious 3NT in such a situation before).)  Put another way, can there be situations where it might be OK to push initially and then try to pull back without violating partnership when partner now takes control (if how I worded this makes any sense)?   

So, here's the gist of the poll.  Suppose you decide to bid 2N but feel it's a very borderline or pushy decision.  Are you then obligated to show the diamond control regardless of the rest of the hand, or is it ever a good idea to bypass showing the control when you feel that 2N was a borderline decision to start with (trying to slow partner down)?   

I hope I have expressed my questions and concerns clearly.  I anticipate your responses and comments, especially about showing vs not showing controls in such a situation.

Thanks in advance

    DHL  

 

I would evaluate the hand as being worth a mixed raise, and would respond 3 initially
I would evaluate the hand as being worth the equivalent of a 3-card limit raise (or 4 trumps with 4333), and would respond 2 initially
I would evaluate the hand as being worth a 4-card limit raise, would respond 2NT, but then would bypass showing the control after partner's Serious 3NT bid
I would evaluate the hand as being worth a 4-card limit raise, would respond 2NT, but then would feel obligated to show the control after partner's Serious 3NT bid.
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