LESSON 27.2: CROSSRUFF PLAY

a) A crossruff play consists in using the trumps separately in each of a partnership' hands to ruff losers in side suits

b) Before playing a crossruff, it is usually wise to cash winners in the remaining suits

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

K Q J 4
A 7 6 2
8 7 5 4
6

 

West

East

 

7 3
Q 10 9
A K Q J
K 10 7 5

5 2
K J 8 5 3
10 3
Q J 9 2

 

South

 

A 10 9 8 6
4
9 6 2
A 8 4 3

 

 
   

Contract 4 South

Lead: K
Losers: three diamonds

West leads the K and follows with the queen and the jack, winning the first three tricks. West then shifts to a small trump won by declarer with the ten.

South must not draw trumps immediately. The right play is the A followed with a club ruff in dummy. Then the A and a small heart ruffed in his hand.

South keeps on ruffing alternatively clubs and hearts with master trumps in each hand (crossruff). The opponents' last trumps will be pulled at the end.

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