Here's another hand from the Palo Alto KOs. This hand helped us advance to the semifinals:
In response to my one heart opening bid, partner bid 3 clubs, a Bergen raise showing 8-9 points and 4 trumps. He should have a 9 loser hand.
I studied my hand and noted that I only had 4 losers. We might be in the slam zone if partner had the right cards. How to find out?
Values in diamonds would be the most helpful. With that in mind, I decided to bid 3 diamonds, which we play as a help-suit game try. I was pleased when Bob jumped to game. I followed it with a jump to slam--6 hearts!
A club was led and I pitched a spade on the ace. Partner's cards were just what I needed. Hearts broke 2-2 and diamonds were friendly enough to bring in the slam. Even though we were playing against a good team (national champions, all) they didn't find the slam at the other table. These 13 imps contributed to a sizable win.
See you at the table!