Slamming in the trenches, part 1

Hi all

I wish I could start with some funny WW2 joke and general Patton, but the inspiration just isn’t there. Last night Patton at Star, I played with Hoek and René & Nira completed our team. There were lots of crazy games, about a dozen 10+ imp swings. It was not good bridge, but it was definitely entertaining.

South
Kx
AJTx
QJx
AK9x

I open 1 and Hoek answers inverted with 2. Here our current agreements stop, though we have similar ideas about bidding. I have reasonable slam aspirations and try to get that message across with 4. If Hoek had bid 4NT or 5 now, that would have been signoff, but he cooperates with a  cuebid. Yadiyadiya: 6.

North
Axx
Kxx
ATx
Q8xx

South
Kx
AJTx
QJx
AK9x

West leads the 8 of . I see no reason not to take the finesse, and it loses to East’s King. He returns a for my King. Now three rounds of trumps, the remaining and a ruff complete my picture of the hands. West has shown up with 2-2 in the minors and five . So the  suit splits 4-2, now I know (based upon odds) where to look for the Queen of .

South Dealer
EW Vul
North
Axx
Kxx
ATx
Q8xx
West
Jxxxx
Q9xx
8x
Jx
East
Qxx
xx
Kxxxx
Txx
South
Kx
AJTx
QJx
AK9x

I write down +920. As it happens it was a far better slam than the 6NT they bid at the other table (minus 2). Yummie!

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