Bid showing a stopper alertable?
E/W bid to 3NT via the sequence 1C - 2C*, 2H - 3NT.
2C was alerted as inverted minor raise; no subsequent alerts.
In the explanation after the auction, 2H was described as 'showing a stopper, maybe I should have alerted.'
When dummy tabled Kx of Hearts as 'the stopper' , TD was called: NS believe they have been damaged.
Well they have! A Heart lead defeats 3N: it made on the actual S lead.
The questions that arise are:
1) should 2H be alerted anyway, or is that only the case if it may be made on fewer than 3 card suit?
2) have NS been damaged by the failure to alert, or damaged by the psyche/deviation of 2H?
I was TD, and ruled that the damage was caused by the bid, not the failure to alert; so result to stand.
North says he would have doubled 2H for the lead, and appeals the decision.
By the time the Appeal was held the participants had left.
Incomplete discussion, but panel believes 2H should have been alerted.
However, subsequently East says he wouldn't have bid 3N if 2H had been Dbld.
EW may then find their way to 4S, (always 1 off).
Or 3N by West; N will need to lead a D to defeat this.
On reflection, and noting the appeals panel outcome, looks like this should be a weighted score.