1C - 1S - 2C - 2D - 3C - 3N
A very clever 2D by Raymond. If it was aggregate I would still lead a diamond, but I know that 6/7 clubs are running and the contract is assured, at pairs you don't want to give away a trick. The heart did seem to be safest. Easy 10 tricks for declarer.
Chris led KH which I won with the Ace. I cashed KQ spades and exited with a heart. Chris took Q and played a third heart to my Jack. I now played a club to 10, Q and Ace. Chrsitine cashed her 4th heart forcing a diamond discard from Ileen, I let go TS. She now cashes KJ clubs forcing another diamond discard from Ileen. Chris now exits with her 4th club. Her last 3 cards are her 3 diamonds, dummy has A8 spades and a diamond, Ileen feels she must keep J7 spades and comes down to singleton KD. I win 9C to leave my 3 diamonds. I exit with a low diamond and Ileen wins the King and has to give me the last 2 spades for 7 tricks.
It is amazing how hands of few values can produce 12 tricks. Pointswise we have 22, both hands have 7 losers yet 12 tricks roll in.
At least we were in game against Kevin & Nat. I opened 1H, Adrianne bid 2D and over my 2H she raised to game.
I got a trump lead and a spade switch but on a spade lead the play is then the same. Win Ace, KD, AD, small diamond, ruff high if necessary, draw trumps and claim 12. Apart from a singleton diamond the only thing that could go wrong is having to ruff high and then guess where a singleton AH might be. You can never get to these slams. Playing 5 card majors it might start 1H - 4C, but you are not going to get excited with your 10 count.
Against Len and Avril I chickened out of bidding but it does pay off to be brave at Pairs.
Avril opened 1S, Len bid 2S and this came round to me. I would love to bid 2N and certainly thought about it, but also I would to leave Adrianne playing 3C in a 4-3 fit and being vulnerable getting a bottom. She could easily be 3 - 5 - 2 -3, so I passed.
Then what to lead? I thought I might try to be different and led AH! Adrianne played the 10, inverse attitude telling me to switch, boy am I dumb, so I switched to a diamond. Can I help it if opponents can't locate 5-5 major fits?
Note that both 5 clubs and 5 diamonds make with a combined 19 count and 7 loser and 8 loser hands. How are you supposed to evaluate hands?