Counting cards and knowing system
I put down as dummy a 3118 hand. Unfortunately one of the clubs was hidden and my partner played on the assumption that there were 7 clubs (not eight) and went down instead of making. Would it have been OK to state the number of cards in each suit as I placed the cards on the table?
At another club the oppo on my right opened 1NT announced as 10-14 points. Pass by me and 3Ds bid on my left. RHO bid 3Hs and LHO ended the auction with 3NT. When I asked for an explanation of the 3D and 3H bid they said they couldn't answer because those bids hadn't been discussed. It didn't matter as my lead was in one of the other suits. I guess my point is were they correct in answering the way they did? It seems unfair when people don't know their system especially for quite common situations. A few years back in the summer congress there were two occasions against the same opponents where the oppos couldn't give an explanation of their bids. In a 7 board match this caused the results to be random. We might just as well have been playing poker.