At the start of the third session of their quarter final England led 85-47. However, rather like Manchester United, in their match against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, they appeared to be still in the dressing room.
West led the six of clubs and declarer won in hand with the jack and decided to play two more rounds of the suit, pitching a diamond from hand. When West ruffed and played the four of diamonds East could win and play another club and one way or another declarer had to go one down, -100.
West led the four of diamonds and East won with the queen, cashed the king and switched to the jack of spades. Declarer won with dummy’s ace, played a heart to the king and continued with the queen, claiming when East won with the ace, +620 and 12 IMPs to the USA.
Declarer won the diamond lead and played ace of clubs, queen of clubs, for a rapid +400.
North found the excellent lead of the ten of diamonds and declarer won and cashed the ace of clubs, continuing with the queen when the Rabbi’s rule failed to come to his aid. North won and played the nine of diamonds for a rapid two down, +100 and another 11 IMPs for the USA.
North led the three of spades and when declarer was able to win in hand with the queen he had nine tricks, +400.
South’s overcall was enough to eliminate notrumps as a possible denomination.
North led the five of hearts and South took two tricks in the suit and switched to the three of clubs. When the finesse lost declarer was one down, -50 and 10 IMPs to USA who won the set 52-16 to close the gap to just 2 IMPs.