This is an early board from the final; both teams reached Five Clubs.
When West was declarer for Brazil, the Chinese defender sitting North cashed ]A, then switched to a low heart to his partner's queen and declarer's ace. Now West could not avoid the further loss of a Diamond and a heart, for one off. At the other table East was declarer and Marcelo Branco for Brazil led a low spade. Gabriel Chagas, sitting North, won with his ace and continued the suit.
East ruffed, played a heart to the ace, drew trumps ending in hand and played another heart, South following small. Taking _K, declarer cashed his two top diamonds before exiting with a heart, which South was forced to win with his queen. Having no more diamonds he now had to concede a ruff and discard, allowing Dummy to pitch a losing diamond.
The contract cannot make if the diamonds break 3-3. Declarer gave the hand its best chance - playing for the defender holding Qxx in hearts to have only a doubleton diamond and not unblocking the queen on the first two rounds of the suit.Reuse content