2♥ in this auction has been forcing practically since bridge was invented - only in the last decade or so have we seen many play it as non-forcing. And if you play 2♥ non-forcing, it requires an alert in ACBL play.
I lost a regional Swiss more than a decade ago when I held 2560 shape and the bidding started (1♠)-2♠-(4♠)-? Guessing partner had clubs, I passed 4♠. Imagine my surprise when partner had diamonds and we lost a double game swing.
A simple method I like is
(1M)-2M = clubs and the unbid major
(1M)-2NT = diamonds and the unbid major
(1m)-2m = both majors
Yes, you lose 2NT unusual to show the minors. But we all know we use that tool far more often than we should as we advertise ...
Using game forcing 2♦ Stayman, I would learn opener held
with the auction 1NT-2♦(game forcing)-2♥-2♠(asking)
4♦(5 controls)-4♥(ask)-4NT(♦K)-5♣(queen ...
Too late now - but I wish I had simply posted this as a "what line of play do you take" question, giving East's hesitation before the club switch as "about one full minute" and asked whether you would take the trump finesse or not. Would have been a better ...
Eight pairs played a 4♠ contract. Seven times the ♦Q was led. Six out of those seven times, eleven tricks were scored. It is very likely at the other six tables, the ♦A was won and the club singleton shift made in less than five seconds, and those six ...
Let's be very clear - this original post was intended as hypothetical on whether declarer might have a leg to stand on with a director and/or appeals committee. Never were any specific players ever going to be identified - at least not by me! Note that Tim D. could have ...