Pushing us

Hi all

There were a couple of biddable slams last Tuesday, a Viking’s cup of tea. Here’s one where our opponents helped bidding it.

South
A98653
J63
KQJ4

My RHO opens 1 and I introduce my suit. LHO bids 2 and René jumps to the game (we were vulnerable against not). RHO isn’t done bidding yet and raises his partner’s to the five level. Well, I’m not done too yet, so 5. I wasn’t horny enough to "see" the singleton together with the  Ace in René’s hand and jump to slam. LHO raises another level and René said something like: "What the hell? 6!". Right he was.

East Dealer
NS Vul
North
QJT2
9
A7632
A85
West
7
AQ8752
95
T632
East
K4
KT4
T8
KQJ974
South
A98653
J63
KQJ4

What a difference it makes if EW keep silent after 4. René and I both have extras, but without the opponents pushing us, we would never have reached the slam.

Another one, in two minutes we had to relay to slam (due to slow opponents).  

North
AKQJ63
KJ
KJ96
J

How it should have been:

West
North
East
South
 
11
pass
1NT2
pass
23
pass
24
pass
23
pass
35
pass
33
pass
36
pass
33
pass
47
pass
43
pass
4NT8
pass
53
pass
59
pass
510
pass
611
pass
6NT12
a.p.
 

1. 16+
2. 12-14 balanced or 12+ with 5+
3. relay
4. 12-14 balanced
5. 5 card suit
6. 3-3-2-5
7. 2 Aces of the same rank
8. 1 King
9. 1 Queen
10. Superrelay (what Queen?)
11. The Queen in my "second" suit:
12. I can count to 12

This was the full layout.

North
AKQJ63
KJ
KJ96
J

South
952
QT4
A4
AK984

If only we had time. With a little more than 20 seconds on the clock René decided me holding the  Queen too unlikely, he jumped to the  slam and claimed twelve tricks. But as you can see above, if he had continued relaying up to the superrelay, he would have gotten the (pairs)treasure he was looking for.

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