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Oh, the pain

We just lost a regional KO final.  Of course it's not our first and won't be our last, but this one was especially painful.  Basically, there were two slam swings in the second half; we lost both.  If we had won either, or avoided both, we would have beaten the best team in the event.

Exhibit 1

North
K4
AKQJ72
J5
K103
South
1095
53
AK10
AQJ98
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

2 forced to game, 3 showed a strong suit and extras, 4 seemed like the obvious cue-bid to make, and the rest was RKC.

6NT by N is cold (a) if they lead a spade, (b) if hearts run, (c) if the A is on side, (d) if the Q is on side, or (e) if the A and Q are in the same hand.  You can't, of course, play for all these chances, but it's a really good contract.  6 needs hearts to run, and nothing else is relevant.  So we pitched about half an IMP of equity by getting to 6 only. I still think we had a good auction.  Hearts were 5-0, and ALL of the other chances for 6NT came in.

Exhibit 2

West
K43
KQ863
7
AKJ9
East
AJ5
AJ10
K10953
Q7
W
N
E
S
 
P
1N
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
4N
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

Strong NT, transfer and acceptance, natural GF, heart support and some enthusiasm, RKC and conclusion.

The opening lead was a trump. My teammate found a reasonable but not optimal line of play, and was savagely punished.  Please feel free to comment on how you think this slam should be played.  About 8 reasonably good declarers that I showed this to came to a consensus, I am curious if there are even better lines available,

My opponents bid neither slam, We lost by 17.5 IMPs.  I make our chances to have won the event (assuming the results on the other 22 boards were not affected by the results on these two hands) as better than 99%.  Ugh.

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