Sheri took her first good decision on this hand by treating her good 21-count as 22, and opening 2. The result was to allow the partnership to arrive at 6 played by South, by far the best contract on these cards.
Proponents of leading aces against slams might have found the quick kill with the ace and another diamond (although upside-down carding addicts might also have had difficulty reading partner's 10). Those who, on similar grounds, led the A against a popular 6NT contract were certainly disappointed, though. This West chose a passive trump.
Sheri drew trumps in two rounds, played the heart king to the ace (far-sightedly retaining options in hearts) and led a diamond up. West won and exited with a heart, which again was carefully won in dummy. A second diamond revealed the bad news, but declarer was not yet out of options. The diamond position made a straightforward diamond-spade squeeze impossible, but there was another chance.
"This could be cool" announced Sheri to the table, in the chat area, as she ruffed a diamond and ran off two more trumps (throwing the 10 from hand on the second) to arrive at this ending:
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