Posts by Card Play @en

The Scissors Coup by John Brown

By ferlema • 20 July, 2017


Scissors coup (or, Scissor coup, ) is a type of coup in bridge, so named because it cuts communications between defenders.

Prevent a Ruff by Jon Brown

By ferlema • 17 July, 2017

West led his singleton club, which dummy’s king won. South read the lead as a singleton.

The Plan XXXVIII by Tim Bourke

By Tim Bourke • 15 July, 2017


West led the singleton two of hearts. Declarer rose with the ace of hearts and then cashed the ace and king of diamonds, throwing a heart from hand.

The Plan XXXVII by Tim Bourke

By Tim Bourke • 14 July, 2017

After this rather agricultural auction, West led the jack of hearts and dummy’s queen held the first trick.

The Plan XXXVI by Tim Bourke

By Tim Bourke • 13 July, 2017

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West led a low trump and declarer won the trick cheaply in hand. Declarer could count eight top tricks.

The Plan XXXV

By ferlema • 10 July, 2017

Tim Bourke

West led the queen of hearts. Declarer played low from dummy and East took the trick with his singleton ace, and then had to find the entry to West’s hand to acquire his ruff.

The Hold up by John Brown

By ferlema • 9 July, 2017


The aim of the hold up is lead or tempo-value reduction: The object is to reduce the value of possibe entry-tempi in one opponent’s hand.

Those Extra Chance in Bridge by Terence Reese & Rogel Trezel

By ferlema • 9 July, 2017

Reese & Trezel

South plays in 3NT and West leads the six of hearts, won by dummy’s ten.

Eliminations Play by David Bird & Martin Hoffman

By ferlema • 8 July, 2017


The most familiar type of elimination play is the “ruff and discard elimination”. The defender who is thrown on lead has the choice between playing on a suit, to your advantage, or giving you a ruff and discard.

Entry Planning by David Bird & Martin Hoffman

By ferlema • 3 July, 2017


A diamond lead would have worked well but West led the club Q. How would you play the slam when two rounds of trumps reveal the 5-1 break?