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Missed Grand

North
Q52
AJ98
AK
AK72
South
A
KQ7542
J1083
84

 

 

 

 

This hand cones from the final of the English National Inter-Club Knockout (NICKO) Plate last weekend. At one table, the (uncontested) auction was 2NT (20-22)- 3 - 4 - 6.

 

At my table, the auction was more deliberate but no more successful. 

 

2NT - 4 (1)

4 (2) - 4(3)

5 (3) - 5(4)

6

 

(1) 6+ card hearts, at least mild slam interest

(2) I’m interested, partner/ last train (says nothing about a diamond control)

(3) cue bids

(4) reluctantly as was conscious of the risk of wrongsiding the contract, but fearing diamond losers.

if North had bid 4N instead of 4, he would have found out about my 2 key cards and the trump Q, but not about the absence of a 2nd round spade loser.

So how should the auction have gone?

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