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Scissors Coup - An attempt to eliminate (cut) opponents' transportation by playing a loser on a loser, intending to prevent a ruff.

   A K 5
8 7 6 5
K J
Q 8 7 6
 
2
K 10 4
immaterial
K

 Declarer: South

 Contract: 4H
 

immaterial
immaterial
A
immaterial
 
  Q J 10 9 7 4
A Q J 9 2
10
3
 

 

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

 West begins winning a CK, shifting with a likely singleton Spade to dummy's SA.  Sensing a Spade ruff from West and an offside HK, Declarer Hentri Swarc representing France leads Dummy's CQ and discards the D10 (loser on loser), won by West.

In fact, West was Italy's Blue Team anchor Belladonna, who indeed held a stiff Spade and HK-10-4.  East was Averelli, holding the DA.  If East could get in the lead before South discarded the D10 loser, West will ruff a Spade and win the HK to set South.  So Henri Swarc beautifully executed the Scissor Coup to make the game.

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