At favorable vul., RHO passed and I opened 1D. LHO bid 3S and partner bid 4H. RHO passed and it was back to me.
The good news is that partner has values (and hearts!). With my 4-loser hand I am thinking seriously of slam. Originally I was thinking of a diamond slam, but now, at matchpoints, I must consider hearts. I put off my decision by bidding RKC Blackwood, seeking additional information.
Partner answers 5H, showing 2 controls (aces since I have the heart king) without the queen of hearts.
Had her response been 5S, showing 2 controls with the queen of hearts, I probably would have bid 6H. In this case, however, having been tipped off to the fact that suits were likely to break badly by the 3S preempt, I veer back to diamonds and bid 6 diamonds. All pass.
A surprising 5 of hearts is led (must be a singleton!) and I view the dummy:
As I study the hand, it looks like I can set up the heart suit for a pitch, which should take care of my losing club. Therefore my main concern is the diamond suit, although it occurs to me that if LHO has only 1 heart, she probably has more than 1 diamond. It also occurs to me that we have landed in the right contract.
The heart 8 is covered with the 10 and I win the king. The AK of diamonds reveal a 2-2 break, drawing the trumps. A heart to the ace followed by the jack of hearts, covered and ruffed, sets up the heart I need for the club discard. I now return to dummy with the ace of spades and pitch my losing club on the heart 9.
STAC Tues. aft
♥ K 6
♦ A K J 10 8 6 5 4
♣ A 3
♠ 8 5
♥ Q 10 7 2
♦ 9 2
♣ K Q 10 9 4
♠ K Q J 10 9 7 4
♦ Q 7
♣ J 7 5
|♠ A 6 3|
♥ A J 9 8 4 3
♣ 8 6 2
|Pass||1 ♦||3 ♠||4 ♥|
|Pass||4 NT||Pass||5 ♥|
|Pass||6 ♦||All pass|
|6 ♦ by North|
|Made 7 — +940|
Plus 940 was a top. Only one other pair bid the diamond slam and they made only 6. About half of the field went minus (presumably bidding the doomed heart slam) and there were a couple of 420's for heart games and a 440 for 13 tricks in diamonds.
Interestingly, with the diamonds coming in, 6NT also makes: 8D, 2H, and the two black aces.
So the answer to the question--"Whaddya call an 8-card suit?"--is an old tongue-in-cheek bridge adage: TRUMPS!
See you at the table!