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Checkback off by passed hand?

My partner in today's Swiss plays and defends well, but auctions like this drive me up the wall:



2D*-2H *New Minor Forcing


What business does a passed hand have forcing the bidding to 2NT? As it happened, I opened a nice 11, he had 10 with 5332, but the opps misdefended since I only had AKx for my 2 rebid and we scored an undeserved +120. I was desperately trying to avoid 2NT and was afraid he would raise or bid game if I tried 2 on xx.

So it occurred to me: is NMF or your preferred checkback method worth playing by a passed hand? Does anyone revert to natural after passing?

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