China Red, the Chinese women’s squad captained by Wenfei Wang, won the Wagar Women’s Knockout Teams by a narrow margin – less than 2 IMPs – when a late-night appeals decision swung a handful of critical IMPs their direction.
Wang, playing with Ran Jingrong, Hongli Wang, Lu Yan, Yu Zhang and Shao Hong Wu, trailed Lynn Baker’s squad by 4 IMPs at the end of play at the fourth quarter, but the result was not official because an appeal was pending from a disputed result in the third quarter. The Chinese squad maintained that a pair on the Baker team – Karen McCallum, Kerri Sanborn, Irina Levitina and JoAnne Stansby — had provided them with misinformation resulting in a China Red declarer to fail in a contract they might otherwise have made. The appeals committee ruled that the Chinese declarer had embarked on an inferior line of play and, so, had to keep the result, but that the Baker team had indeed provided misinformation, and the committee, therefore altered their result – a split scoring decision that shaved 5 to 6 IMPs from the Baker lead.
The appeals decision aside, the final quarter was an exciting affair in which China kept the score close by bidding and making a grand slam that required declarer to find a doubleton queen-jack of trumps, along with a favorable position in a side suit. Everything was perfect for declarer, and the grand slam made, giving China 17 badly needed IMPs.