A Grand Coup
A K J 3
A 9 8
A 9 8 2
10 4 2
K Q 10 7 2
K Q J
1. Playing 12-14 NT
2. Support double - showing exactly three diamonds and nothing else about
3. I don't know what to do, but I've got some extras.
4. I don't know what to do, either, but I also have extras.
5. Do club values help?
West led the ♥ A-K, then continued with a small heart,
which I ruffed low in dummy. East followed to all three rounds, showing
up with ♥ Q-J-3. It looks like East might find a heart lead
after a more normal 1 NT - 3 NT auction, so we've found a good spot.
I started drawing trumps, playing the ace and the king, and West showed out
on the second round. As usual, my opponents are playing above their level
against me - if my left-hand opponent had not forced me to ruff in dummy,
I could have taken care against the 4-1 trump split.
Well, there was nothing left to do but hope my RHO had at least three
clubs and two spades. I played out my club winners from hand,
both following to all three rounds, leading to this position:
I crossed to the ♠ A
and ruffed the ♣ A
pitching a spade. Then I crossed to the ♠ K
, and with
the lead in dummy at this trick:
I got the last two tricks.
Notice I could have overtaken the third club and ruffed a small
club in my hand, but then if East had four clubs, this would
technically be a simple trump coup, while ruffing the ace makes
it a "Grand Coup." Indeed, you can't get any grander than ruffing
your own ace.