You won't see often a reigning world champion going down five on a low-level contract, but this is the sort that befell to Claudio Nunes on board 3 of the match between Italy and Argentina.
-------- Brd 3 Q82 South K6 EW T842 AKQ2 Fantoni A4 KJT3 QT9432 AJ8 75 J96 743 JT9 Palazzo Lambardi 9765 75 AKQ3 865 Nunes W N E S ================ P P 1NT P P 2H X P 2S P P P --------The cards lie really bad for North-South in the majors here. Palazzo led a diamond and Nunes won. If he now cashes his minor tricks he will escape for down one but he did not know the distribution so he obviously tried to make it and he attempted to draw trumps despite his precarious holding. Spade ducked to East's 10, diamond back, yet another spade won perforce by West's ace. If now Palazzo plays a club... the 2S contract makes! But obviously Lambardi played a low heart, Nunes put the king and the roof fell in: Lambardi won, drew trumps and played a heart to partner, so the defence took the rest of the tricks for down five. Nunes thought that the ace of hearts was with West, but if he played low would East put the jack?
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