Playing online, everyone non-vulnerable, I pick up this nice hand. Playing 2/1, what do you open?
I decide to open 1S. If partner can't scrape up a bid, 1S may be enough. Partner replies 2S (the opponents are silent throughout). Now what?
If partner has his points in diamonds and not in hearts, we may have a slam. What do I need from him for the slam to be cold? Kxxx xxxx KQx xx would do. So, I decide to bid 3D, a help-suit game try. Partner should reply either 3S or 4S and then I can decide.
Partner replies neither 3S nor 4S. Instead, he bids 4D. The bids so far:
Can you envision a grand slam because that is what you make? This is what partner has:
At the table, I convinced myself that if partner had KJxx of diamonds, he was unlikely to also hold the King spade and the King of clubs. So, the slam would be on two finesses (diamond queen & spade king, for example). I chickened out in 4S.
Partner's 4D was a very descriptive bid, but I had had a failure of imagination.