14th March 2018

Dealer North
S
KQ42
   
Love All
H
A986
   
    D A10432
   
    C
   
S
107
    S
AJ963
H
J1042
    H
KQ53
D
K96
    D
875
C
A953
    C
4
    S
85
   
    H
7
   
    D
QJ
   
    C
KQJ108762
   


Michael Newman spotted this interesting deal from a Manchester Bridge Club duplicate in January.
South plays in five clubs on a Spade lead,  East ducking the spade king to preserve communication.
If South plays ace and another heart ruffing in hand and then plays the club king West will win and a spade to East and a further spade will promote the nine of clubs for West to beat the contract.  However, if South pitches a spade on the second heart then communication between East and West is cut and the defence cannot promote the nine of clubs.  This is a slightly unusual scissors coup in that it doesn't matter which defender wins the second round of hearts, usually a scissors coup is played to keep a specific defender off lead.



Thanks to Michael Newman who analysed this deal.