If South is on lead, then all three tricks must be conceded to East. But if dummy is on lead, South can generate a trump trick by leading a spade from the table. If East ruffs, then South's
The term "coup en passant" is French for a coup "in passing". It is also related to the chess play of capturing a pawn "en passant".
South declares 3. The defense attacks with three rounds of spades, South ruffing the third in dummy. Next comes the
Given the circumstances, South can try for a coup en passant. At trick 5, South can cash the
A club to dummy's
It was important for South to take both heart winners before attempting the elopement. Otherwise, the ending would be:
When South leads a club to the king and plays a diamond off the board, East simply discards a heart. South only gets one top heart before suffering a heart ruff by East. A heart trick must also be conceded to West at the end for down one.
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