Devil's Coup (Smother Play, Strip and Endplay) - A tactic of leading a non-trump suit to
prevent losing a trump
trick through an end play or ruffing finesse.
6S slam contract initially looks fine. West
leads the DJ to North's
with SK but West shows out
on the second round, discarding a
H2 on North's
switches to DQ and cashes
CQ, and returns to
the CA, declarer cashes
HK, and throws East in the lead with the
HQ. East is endplayed,
leading a Spade to North's waiting Spade tenaces.