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You're playing with one of your newer, but excellent, partners in the local club Swiss (IMPs) in your first match against an A team, and you pick up the following hand:

South
AKQJ82
A
Q108
1062

The bidding proceeds as shown below:

South
AKQJ82
A
Q108
1062
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
5
P
?

2 established the game force. 3 set trump and showed a self-sustaining spade suit and extras. 4 showed a club control and 4 showed a heart control (first or second round) and denied a first or second-round diamond control. 4NT asked for keycards in spades. 5 showed 0 or 3 keycards. 5 asked for the Q.

At this point you presumably have three possible bids you can make: 5NT, 6, 6. Which one do you make and what does it imply?

Not really being sure myself what bidding 5NT versus 6 would mean (presumably both would confirm the Q but deny an outside king), I bid 6. Partner thought a long time and passed. Both hands are shown below:

North
QJ9
AK7632
AKQ8
South
AKQJ82
A
Q108
1062
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

At the other table, they had the rather unusual auction of:

W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
6
P
7
P
P
P

So they ended up in the grand and we didn't. Where did we go wrong? The questions are:

  1. Is my jump to 3 appropriate with my hand
  2. Given that we've now set spades as trump, is there a need to show the long diamonds, and if so, how do you do it?
  3. After the queen ask, what do the various bids of 5NT, 6 and 6 mean in this particular auction, given that I have no outside kings?
  4. Should the North hand just go to seven anyway with our auction as it progressed?

We're both interested in how best to get there, so any and all comments are appreciated!

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