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Searching for IMPs

Searching for IMPs

By In 1st IMSA World Masters Championships On 15th May 2019

To paraphrase Jane Austen, It is a truth universally acknowledged that a team not in a qualifying position must be in want of some IMPs. That was certainly the case for England when they met the leaders, Poland, in Round 4.

Seeing no advantage in leading a top heart South started with the Fiori5 and North played three rounds of the suit. Declarer ruffed in dummy and played the Cuori9. South won with the ace and returned the Cuori5. Declarer ruffed in dummy, cashed the QuadriA and ruffed a diamond. At this point one winning line is to play a spade to the jack, ruff a diamond and play a spade to the ace, dummy’s diamonds taking care of the losing hearts. When declarer elected to ruff a heart instead she could no longer arrive at ten tricks.
It was a strong defence.North led the Cuori4 and South won with the king (perhaps the ace is a better card) and switched to the Fiori9, the defenders playing three rounds of the suit. Declarer ruffed, ruffed a diamond, played a spade to the ace, a spade to the king and advanced the Cuori8. She was going to run it, but when South covered she claimed, +620 and 12 IMPs.

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