Now there is a solution to ‘The Bridge World death hand’: 2NT shows six+ diamonds and three spades, invitational or better. This is playable if you open any strong (like 18–19) balanced hand 1♣. For this problem no methods were given, so I bid 2NT.
In my book, 3♠ is forcing to game. And four of a minor does not count as a ‘game’. I have all too often been in four of a minor, making six or seven. And that is worse than ending up in five, down one.
I double, which is basically negative, though easily passable. If partner responds 4NT, meant as take-out, I’ll shock her by passing. If partner bids 5♦/♥, she is supposed to have length and to make it.
I am not sure I understand – which should not be too surprising without a definition. Do you mean: Qxx in partner’s suit is a ‘quality honor’ while Qxx in an unbid side suit is not? Is a singleton queen in partner’s suit a quality honor? How about Kx ...
#4: Inexperienced players confronted with a claim have a way to insist or request that play continue. Under the current laws, the claiming party could only reply like ‘you either concede or we call the director’, which inexperienced players tend to perceive as a dilemma. This happens a lot.
Suit preference, except when signaler (third hand) has shown a five-card or longer suit: then ‘combi’ signal, with the lowest card asking for continuation, middle and high being suit preference.
(But why is this not a poll?)
The likelihood of an odd versus an even number of keycards depends greatly on the preceding bidding. Also, the proposed method – indicating parity of number of keycards – appears to imply that partner can distinguish between, say, two and four keycards. Experience has shown that this is not always the case.