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The Menagerie Comes to BBO

In a recent excursion on BBO, my partner and I encountered a situation where we were transported into Mollo's universe. The deal was::

West
76
9652
K984
1087
North
A52
AJ10
3
AK9642
East
Q10843
Q84
J5
J53
South
KJ9
K73
AQ10762
Q
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
2
Q
K
3
1
0
Q
7
2
3
3
2
0
3
2
A
4
1
3
0
A
5
2
8
1
4
0
K
J
6
10
1
5
0
J
8
7
5
1
6
0
10
Q
K
6
3
7
0
A
4
3
5
3
8
0
7
8
2
J
1
9
0
4
3
9
9
3
10
0
10
9
A
4
1
11
0
9
8
J
K
3
12
0
12 tricks claimed
N/S +980
12

North, quite reasonably started with a 1 bid and South responded 1, with north rebidding 2. South temporized with a 2 bid, thinking that since their 1 response denied a major, his partner would know it wasn't natural. However, North inferreed that South held six diamonds and five spades and chose to cuebid his heart Ace. South now offered 3NT and North decided this was a bailout operation on a misfit and chose what he perceived to be the eight-card spade fit. South now figured that his Queen was adequate support for the rebid club suit and put his partner back into clubs, which North took to be a slam try and accepted, bidding the spade slam. My partner, I think quite reasonably from the self-alerts and responses to a couple of questions, tracked a trump which went to the 2, Q, and K. In true H.H. fashion, South now proceeded to play the hand double dummy, cashing the club Q, leading a heart to the Ace, cashing two more top clubs (pitching diamonds), ran the J through me and then clearing the hearts. This was followed by the A, a diamond ruff with dummy's 5, a club ruffed (perforce) by me and overruffed with the 9, a diamond ruffed with the Ace while I underruffed helplessly, another club ruffed and overruffed, and a surrender of the final trick to my last trump.

Needless to say, -980 was not a good result on this hand, even though it will also generate 12 tricks in notrump on the lie of the cards. At the conclusion of play, North's message in the chat box was "vwdp".

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