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One hand makes the day worthwhile

I played in a Sectional Swiss Team event in Philadelphia yesterday.  We played for the event in the last round but got blitzed.  Most of the match hinged on a two-way finesse in a slam bid by my teammates but not by my opponents.  22 IMPs hinged on the guess, and my teammate got it wrong.  So, we wound up completely out of the money.

However, there was a hand in a prior match which made the whole day worthwhile.  Here is the hand:

North
A10xx
A
Q9xx
AQxx
South
Q9x
xxxx
AKJ10
Kx
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

We play a version of XYZ in which 2NT was a puppet to 3C showing one of three types of hands:

1.  Signoff in 3;

2.  Balanced strong NT opening (will bid 3NT over 3); or

3.  4441 game force (will bid the singleton - a rebid of responder's suit shows a club singleton).

The 3 rebid showed precisely 4144 game forcing.  My partner bid 4 showing that he wanted to play in diamonds and that he had some slam interest.  I cue bid 4, he cue bid 5, and I bid the diamond slam.

The play was somewhat interesting.  After the heart lead, my partner chose to ruff two hearts in dummy.  Along the way he played a spade towards his Q9x, challenging RHO to duck with the King if he had it.  When RHO played low, my partner put in the 9 which lost to the Jack.  After ruffing two hearts in dummy and finding that trump were 3-2, my partner cashed the top clubs, pitching his last heart, ruffed the last club to his hand, pulled the last trump and played a spade towards the AT.  When the 10 won, it was all over.

What made this even more enjoyable was that the player sitting in my seat at the other table is a regular partner of mine who taught me XYZ and this particular treatment.  He and his partner declared 3NT taking the obvious 9 tricks on a heart lead.

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