World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Scissors coup

Article Id: WHEBN0003302519
Reproduction Date:

Title: Scissors coup  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Glossary of contract bridge terms, Coup (bridge), Snapdragon double, Stayman convention, Stepping-stone squeeze
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Scissors coup

Scissors coup (or, Scissor coup, also at one time called The coup without a name[1]) is a type of coup in bridge, so named because it cuts communications between defenders. By discarding a card or cards either from declarer's hand or from dummy or both, declarer can stop them from transferring the lead between each other, usually to prevent a defensive ruff.

South in 5 K 9 7 5
3 2
7 6
K 10 7 4 3
10 8 3


W               E


6 4 2
8 4 A Q 10 9 7 6 5
A J 2
A J 9 6 5 2 Q 8
Lead:8 A Q J
K Q 10 9 8 5 4 3

Consider this hand and auction with an opening lead of the eight of hearts.

West North East South
3 5
Pass Pass Pass

Superficially, it looks as if there are only two losers: a heart and a diamond. However, if East plays the queen, South (declarer) must win with the king, or else his contract will be quickly defeated. The danger is now, that West will win the first diamond (trump) lead, play his other heart - and benefit from a trump promotion when his partner, East, wins the ace, and plays a third round of hearts. The solution is elegant: upon winning the king of hearts declarer must cross to the king of spades and lead the king of clubs, throwing away the jack of hearts! By this Scissors Coup, East can no longer gain the lead

See also


  1. ^ The Bridge Players' Encyclopaedia, Paul Hamlyn, International Edition 1967
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.