The Robson Touch: Trump coup

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Trump Coup

Despite being in dummy, you cannot pick up East’s King of trumps in this ending:

game one

Spades are trumps. You lead a Diamond from dummy but East discards and, after ruffing, you have to lead from your ♠AQ to East’s ♠K8.

Let’s make a small change:

game two

Now, you can do it. You ruff a Diamond (East throwing a Club), crucially reducing your trump length to the same two cards as East. Now you return to the Ace of Clubs and, holding ♠AQ over East’s ♠K8, must score the last two tricks.

Look at this deal from the Andrew Robson Bridge Club in South West London: (

North-South vulnerable.

game four

(1) Weak jump overcall.
(2) Negative, showing Spades.
(3) Raising preemptively to the (nine-card) level of the fit.
(4) More takeout.
(5) Very optimistically looking for slam and showing their (second-round) heart control.
(6) Good trumps and a side ace warrant.

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