What are High Card Points?
Last night, I opened 1NT, holding 11 HCPs. I decided to upgrade my hand, as I held a very strong 5-card Diamond suit (A K J 10 x), and all 3 other 10s. I assessed my hand as being 'worth' 12 HCPs.
One of my opponents said that my partner should have announced my HCP range as 11-14, not 12-14. I disagreed, saying that it is perfectly allowable to upgrade (and indeed downgrade) your assessment of the value of your hand. For example, if I had a 4-3-3-3 shape hand with 3 Aces and a King - one honour in each suit, I would open 1NT, downgrading such a hand as being 'worth' only 14 HCPs. I don't believe that the 12-14 HCP announcement should be taken 100% literally.
It could be that my opponent was a little peeved as my opening had prevented them finding their Game contract in Hearts?
Which of us is correct? I have to confess that we are both qualified (albeit just as club-level) directors.