Devil's coup

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The Devil's Coup is a declarer play in contract bridge that prevents the defense from taking an apparently natural trump trick - often called "the disappearing trump trick".[1]


A 9
Q 4


W               E


J 3 2
North to lead K 10 7

A typical example is shown where spades are trumps and the lead is in dummy (North).

The 3 is led. If East ruffs low, then declarer overruffs low and cashes the ace and king of spades. If East ruffs high, declarer overruffs with the K and finesses West for the Q to make the remaining two tricks.

Devil's coups are fairly rare: not only the trump suit but the side suits must lie well for declarer.

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  1. ^ Francis, Henry G., Editor-in-Chief; Truscott, Alan F., Executive Editor; Francis, Dorthy A., Editor, Sixth Edition (2001). The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (6th ed.). Memphis, TN: American Contract Bridge League. p. 114. ISBN 0-943855-44-6. OCLC 49606900.