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When they ask too many questions, can you draw your own conclusions?

I was playing with a student in the North American Swiss, with similar teammates at the other table. During the second session we sat down against a pair of World Champions from....well let's just say from outside the United States and leave it at that. They had two unlucky results early in the match, and were unhappy and behaving badly at our table when this hand came up.

 

Non vul against vul I opened a weak two diamond bid on xx, Qx, AQ109x, xxxx, as did the expert at the other table. My LHO passed, and my partner bid TWO HEARTS. At this point my very experienced RHO asked my partner what my two diamond bid was, and then asked me (twice) if my partner's bid was forcing. I told him it was. He passed, and so did I. After a long huddle my LHO reopened with Three Clubs, and my partner bid three hearts, passed out. Making three. The director was summoned rather loudly, and during the unpleasant moments that followed, my RHO told the director if he knew i "might" pass he would have bid two spades. (Obviously, he had a good hand and was hoping to double four hearts.)

 

I was surprised that the director even followed it up by asking me why I passed. I explained that the vulnearability was in my favor, and that the manner in which the questions were asked I drew the inference that my RHO had a very good hand, and that we might be headed for a disaster. I could have been wrong....we could have been cold for any number of games, or slams.

 

In any event, no doubt after discussing it with their teammates, they decided to drop the matter. I wish they hadn't.

 

Glenn Eisenstein

 

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