On the board where he discared the ♦2, responder's got only 3 diamonds.
His hand was:
Since he knew opener was perceiving his range as super-weak, he just tried to give count in the vital suits - hearts (♥3) and diamonds (♦2), as ...
Kevin, with 19 HCP partner will probably know to bid 3♥ over 3♦, on his way to 3NT/4♦/5♦. But if partner is weak (the most probable occurrence), you won't preempt anybody, putting opener in a good spot.
Paul, these bidding methods aren't ...
Oh, I apologize. I noticed that some master with the name Oren Kriegel is noted as the captain of the strong USA open team in the forthcoming World Bridge Games, so I thought this might be you. (Wikipedia says: [i]"The Mr title derived from earlier forms of master, as ...
The point about not ducking the ♠Q could be valid, but we have to take the whole picture into account:
Would partner really respond 1♥ with (at best):
Would partner really not bid 3♦ (or 4♦) over opponent's game-invitational 2♥ cuebid ...