The game was matchpoints in a 21 table game, 20 top. I was South; West was the dealer; nobody was vulnerable. We were playing 2 over 1 forcing to game.
This one is for Bill Kertes. At the end of the auction, as the dummy was coming down, North asked “Was 3 hearts forcing?”. I replied that it was. Bill, who had been kibitzing, walked away from the table at this point and discussed something with another, I do not know whom. When he returned, at the end of the hand, he said that I should post this hand on my blog; that he had received a second opinion; that the person agreed with him… that 3 hearts was only invitational. For sure, had there been no interference, it would have been forcing, and would have shown a stronger hand than had I bid 4 hearts directly.
I am sure that you are going to tell me that at the point that I bid 3 hearts, 3 spades would have been a superior bid. Perhaps so, but I did not want to chance the auction getting too convoluted. What about it folks… was 3 hearts forcing?
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