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Hi all

Here’s a slam from Dombo, starring Hendrik and yours truly.

South
AT5
KJ
JT74
AK93

West
North
East
South
 
 
 
11
pass
22
pass
2NT3
pass
3NT
pass
44
pass
65
a.p.
 

1. Unbalanced or 15-19NT
2. Inverted (10+ hcp)
3. 15-17NT
4. I hadn’t promised any so far
5. It’s pairs

I felt I could do a little extra over Hendrik’s raise to 3NT. I still hadn’t shown my more than excellent trump support, and I was charmed by the possibility of a ruff in my own hand. Had Hendrik signed off in 4NT after my 4, it would have been the end of the auction, but he took a very straightforward plunge to slam.

South Dealer
– Vul
North
J2
A94
AQ95
QT65
West
Q74
Q863
K82
872
East
K9863
T752
63
J4
South
AT5
KJ
JT74
AK93

Dummy puts down a fine collection, but only four trumps. I was expecting at least five of them and a little more shape. Well, there’s no point in crying about things that should have been. Play! Slam depends on a little more than a finesse. There are a couple of 4-1 trump splits you can cope with, so I estimate the odds of this baby coming home somewhere around 40%.

As you can see, luck was with the brave.

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