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Missing alert

West
A75
QJ762
J73
J3
North
KJ98
K10953
1042
6
East
32
A84
A6
AKQ974
South
Q1064
KQ985
10852
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
2
2
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0

1 = Strong, artificial, forcing

2 = No alert.  Positive with 5

TD was summoned to the table before opening lead was made, confirming the lack of alert of the 2 bid.  After the board was finished he said he would have bid 2, intending to support diamonds later.

Opening lead was  Queen and 11 tricks.

TD ruled that even if north had MI, he should ask for the meaning of the 2 bid.  Not doing so, was a kind of self inflicted damage.

My opinion is that East has UI, now knowing that the hearts split 5-0, so he bid 3NT instead of perhaps investigating for heart slam.

My ruling would have been 4, 8 or 9 tricks.

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