Illegal bid at Gold Cup Semi-Final?
Watching a close semi-final on Saturday on BBO a player opened 2NT (19-21) with Ax Jx Kx KQJ10xxx, winning 10imps reaching 3NT on sub-minimal values. No-one appeared to notice this didn't meet the 16+pts or 5controls regulation for a strong bid. What do you think?........
a) Should the imaginative upgrade be applauded or penalised?
b) If a spectator advises the event director, would he/she be obliged to take action?
c) Should the EBU-specific "Strong" definition be put to pasture? It is interesting to note that Strong clubbers cannot upgrade this hand to a 16-18 1NT (if included in 1C opening), let alone a 2NT opener! My twopenneth would be to adopt the simple WBF regulation stating any hand containing 13+HCP can be treated as "Strong".