In one of the early Bulletins we reproduced a story by Patrick Jourdain entitled ‘Keep Losers, throw Winners’. If you want proof that reading the Bulletin can seriously improve your IMPs look no further than this deal from session four of the Women’s final between France and USA:
In the Closed Room EW stopped in 1NT, scoring eight tricks, +120.
South led the three of hearts and declarer won with the queen and played a diamond to dummy’s jack. When it held she played the three of clubs to the jack. A diamond went to the queen and declarer exited with a diamond to South’s ace. Back came the two of spades and declarer played low, North winning with the queen. So far the defence had been perfect, but now North went wrong by returning a spade. (The winning defence is to play a heart, when South must win and play a second spade.)
Declarer won with the jack, to reach this position:
At this point declarer cashed the eight of diamonds and pitched a heart from dummy. She followed that by cashing the ace of clubs and exiting with the king of hearts, but South took the rest for two down, -100 and 6 IMPs to the USA.
All declarer had to do was throw one of dummy’s winning spades on the eight of diamonds. After cashing the ace of clubs she exits with the king of hearts and South can choose her poison. If she wins she will have to surrender the last two tricks to dummy, but if she ducks declarer changes tack and exits with a club, forcing North to lead a spade to dummy’s ace at trick thirteen.