Opening lead: 7 of diamonds
Pietro Forquet won the opening lead with his diamond ace and led a heart to the jack and king. Sammy Kehela returned the trump 9, and Eric Murray let it run to dummy's jack. Forquet could now have made his contract by cashing the king of diamonds and playing a spade-heart crossruff, but unaccountably he ruffed a spade before leading a diamond to the king. As a result, after ruffing another spade and a heart, declarer was forced to come off dummy by ruffing a third diamond, enabling Murray to overruff with the ace of clubs and return his last trump. The contract was now wide open to defeat, but on this trick Kehela let go of his remaining spade instead of his 8 of hearts. Declarer won the club in his hand, and ruffed a heart with dummy's last trump, felling Murray's ace. Dummy had to lead a diamond to Kehela's queen—but Kehela was left with a heart and declarer's queen of hearts made the fulfilling trick.
Close to tears, Kehela could barely gulp, "Sorry, Eric."
"Forget it, Sammy," Murray replied. "I probably shouldn't have doubled. Besides, I should have opened a trump." He was right on both counts. We lost 17 IMPs, but had the contract been set 200, we'd still have lost 12. Either way, the 1967 title was gone.