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A thin slam
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I played at a morning-afternoon pairs event recently, of moderate quality as you will see from the following deal. There was a movement mixup and so we had to redeal by hand (who still does that?) -- the following is from memory.  

None vulnerable, in 4th seat you see a better-than-usual hand:

South
xx
KQ8xx
Q
Q987x
W
N
E
S
3
P
P
?

You play non-leaping Michaels, but that's irrelevant. Pass or bid?

Not one to be stolen from, I duly bid 3, what could possibly go wrong?

South
xx
KQ8xx
Q
Q987x
W
N
E
S
3
P
P
3
P
3NT
P
?

Pass or bid?

What's that rule of thumb? Partner can expect 7-or-so-HCP from you if he wanted to overcall. That's pretty close to what you have. If partner is making 3NT, he probably would have bid it the previous round. Thinking like this, I bid 4. Bonus poll -- do you think that's forcing?

Of course, partner isn't done, not by a long ways:

 

South
xx
KQ8xx
Q
Q987x
W
N
E
S
3
P
P
3
P
3NT
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
6
X
P
P
P

I suppose that pulling 3NT to a minor is forcing to six of the minor at pairs.

Righty thought for a bit before doubling, but then muttered something along the lines of 'Oh why not ....'

The diamond jack was led!

North
Axxx
9x
Axx
AJxx
South
xx
KQ8xx
Q
Q987x

There was nothing to the play (so to speak), and I'll let you reconstruct the hand given that I scored +1090. What was a little remarkable was that lefty had failed to lead his singleton heart, and righty said (approximately) 'the double asked for an unusual lead: I had spades!'.

This was the thinnest slam I've been in and made (including a hand from my Chicago days that required a 3-3 trump break and five finesses), needing merely the diamond lead, king-doubleton of trumps onside (despite the double coming offside) and perforce the heart ace onside.

What's your thin slam story?

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