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Coup - Making a skilled, non-intuitive play, such as reducing the trump holdings to create a finesse or endplay, aided by one's opponents necessity to play a certain suit.

W N E S
(P) 1H
(2N) X (3D) 3H
(P) 4H AP

 

  A K 9 8
K 7
A J 7 4
6 4 2
 
10 7 6

K 10 9 6 5
A Q J 9 7

 Contract: 4 Hearts

 Declarer:  South
J 5 3
Q 8 6 5 3
Q 8 3 2
3
  Q 4 2
A J 10 9 4 2
 
K 10 8 5
 

West leads the S6, won in dummy who then cashes the HK.  When West shows out, declarer plays dummy's DA and ruffs a Diamond with H4 -- this places South with the same number of trumps as East (both four left).

If Spades break 3-3, declarer needs 5 more tricks after HK and ruff.  Ruffing 2 more Diamonds in dummy and 2 finesses are required, but how?  Playing the fourth dummy Spade provides the answer -- if East ruffs, South overruffs.

See Crocodile Coup, Vienna Coup, Morton Fork Coup, Robert Coup and books on Coups, Squeezes
 

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