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In a regional A/X pair game playing against two older ladies I picked up:

 

South
8632
AQ987
K653
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
P
P
2NT
?

 

My 2 bid was alerted and explained as showing both majors.  There was a break in tempo by west after my 2 call.  There was some commotion around our table with lights and when I called the director the opponents blamed that and weren't willing to agree to it.  

Rightly or wrongly I felt that I had very little chance of beating 2NT.  I can count on my partner for 6-10 points given that they passed 2.  I know partner has equal or longer hearts and will have a tough time competing to 3 since they cannot be sure of my 5 card suit.  The king of hearts rated to be onside and it seemed like clubs was a very possible opening lead from west.  I bid 3.

I bought a near worst case scenario in dummy: 

West
J54
32
KJ932
A104
North
Q97
1054
Q1065
J98
East
AK10
KJ6
A874
Q72
South
8632
AQ987
K653
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
P
P
2NT
3
P
P
P
D
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

After a soft defense I escaped for down 1.  Unfortunately the majority of the room was in 3NT EW -2.  If I had passed 2NT the directors would obviously have let the result stand since the entire deal looks pretty clear that 2 isnt making.  

The directors chose to give a split score.  They said that my 3 bid was "egregious" and that they are unable to roll it back for that reason.  I don't claim to have a good understanding of the law, but I always thought that the "egregious" bid rule was there to prevent a pair from having the opportunity for a top and blowing it and/or preventing them from taking a double shot.  I am not sure how this applies here.

For -100 we scored 3/12.

For +50 we would have scored 4/12

For +110 we would have scored 10/12

So once the person made her unethical 2NT bid, she had earned herself a sure 66% board, while had she passed, they would be forced to defend 2 and be at risk for a near zero if they misdefend.  Is this a hole in the laws?  Did the directors rule right?  

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