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West
Q104
KJ
KQJ87
Q32
East
AK732
9874
A10
AK
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
5
P
P
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2 was checkback (responder bids three card support before four in other major). 5 a quantitative invitation.

EW are playing four card majors, 15-17 no trump openings. With 4-4 in the red suits, West can open 1 or 1 depending on suit quality.

East has an impressive number of controls, but many high cards in short suits,  and, before checkback, no known eight card fit. The long weak suit looks problematic. West has a maximum in Miltons but a pretty ghastly looking hand with no aces, an unsupported queen, and four Miltons jammed into a two card suit.

The bidding is unsophisticated but not, IMO, absurd. The actual bidding caused West to worry about lack of controls. East was unwilling to try for slam in the absence of an eight card fit, but had no slam invite available other than 5. 4N after checkback would have been Blackwood (should it be), 5N GSF (not pick a slam).

West with a high card maximum should have bid 6
West with a high card maximumshould have bid 6N
East should simply have bid an invitational 4N instead of checkback
Having found an eight card fit, East should have driven to slam
All the actions were reasonable. Hard luck
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