West's hand produced exactly the cards East needed. No matter what the defenders did, they could not take more than one club and one diamond trick, so East's attempted sacrifice produced an unexpected game.
At the other table Murray and Kehela's Colonial Acol system called for an opening two-spade bid on South's hand. Murray, North, responded three clubs, East interfered with four no trump, showing hearts and diamonds, and Kehela wound up playing five spades after West had bid five diamonds.
The five-spade contract could have been defeated with an opening lead of the ace of hearts. However, West led the king of diamonds and that was the ball game. South won, cashed one high spade and the ace of clubs, then ruffed his remaining diamond. One heart went off on North's king of clubs, and Kehela wound up losing only two heart tricks. The combined plus for Canada was 1,200 points or 15 IMPs. This went for naught, however, for in the end the Americans, with a strong finish, won the match by 67 IMPS.