As dealer, I pick up a pretty good hand,
I have a major problem now, not the least of which is whether or not to call the director. I guarantee the opponents will deny any hesitation, and will claim to have taken exactly 10 seconds after the skip bid (not that that matters at all). Partner is oblivious, so he'll not be of much help. While I'm thinking, partner and RHO pass quickly. It can't hurt to call the director, but it will cause a fracas. Furthermore, these guys will probably appeal, and it's my night to serve on the national appeals committee, so that will require two full committees. Yuck. I suspect this is a problem that very few other people have had to think about at the table. If I can be confident of doing the right thing, I think I'll just do it and skip the director call.
So what's going on? I have 18 HCP and LHO sounds like
he has a full opener and a six- or seven-card heart suit.
Partner will have something for his raise, so that leaves
the tanker with nothing. He must have heart support.
With three, he'd just pass reluctantly, not tank, so
he has to have four hearts. Wait a sec...partner has
a stiff heart? Yes, he has to. So
What about partner's pass? I think my choice to bid
I finally decide that the inference about the heart
shortness is solid enough and forgo calling the director.
Phew. I just earned myself an hour of sleep tonight.