For all sad words of tongue and pen,The saddest are these, ‘It might have been’.
John Greenleaf Whittier
When the penultimate deal of the semifinal between Monaco and Spain settled on the table Monaco led by a single IMP.
In the Closed Room Helgemo had scored +420 in 4 spades.
West led the queen of spades and declarer won with the ace. The bidding made it clear that hearts must be at best 4-2, so the indicated line is to cross to dummy with the queen of clubs and then play a heart to the ten. West can win and play a spade but declarer ruffs, cashes the top hearts and then plays club, escaping for one down, -200.
When declarer played the king of hearts disaster was looming. West won with the ace and played another spade, forcing declarer to ruff. He cashed the queen of hearts, and then played a club, West winning with the ace and playing another spade. In dire straits declarer pitched a diamond, ruffed the next spade (East pitching a club) and played the ten of hearts. East won with the jack and had only to play a diamond to put Spain into the final. Alas, he misread the position and exited with his remaining trump and declarer won and cashed three clubs for one down, -200 and 5 IMPs that propelled Monaco into the final.