Tiny Splinter

Hi all

Here’s a tiny game from last week.

South
KQJ852
A
T54
Q76
West
North
East
South
1
pass
2NT1
pass
32
pass
33
pass
4
a.p.

1. Garozzo
2. relay
3. 8-11 hcp, stiff

After Hoek had shown a mini-splinter in I hardly could suppress my slam ambitions, it looks like a magic fit. But I analyzed Hoek holding the Ace of and both King and Ace in would have entered a normal (11-15) splinter-sequence. So I settled for game. And again there was no play to it.

South Dealer
– Vul
North
9764
J8
J
AJT843
West
A
K953
Q8762
K92
East
T3
QT7642
AK93
5
South
KQJ852
A
T54
Q76

I like games on very marginal values. Both sides can claim ten tricks in a Major with hands on their backs. But any 5-level contract will suffer defeat on an enemy ruff. I like this kind of symmetry, especially when I’m holding the boss suit.

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