4 right, the Declarer has a void in Diamonds instead of the Ace.
Spades are trump and the lead is in Declarer's hand. You can Ruff a
but how do you get back to ruff the other two Hearts? Answer: use the
of the trump as the entry. That is, ruff a Diamond in Declarer's hand,
then ruff a Heart; ruff another Diamond in the hand, then ruff the last
Heart. This type of situation, where the ruffing power of trump used as
an entry to one hand in order to play a card and ruff it in the other
is known as The Crossruff. By ruffing back and forth in both hands,
tricks will be made separately. In example 4 the 3 trumps in Dummy were
made plus the 5 in the hand for a total of 8 tricks.
Usually in a suit contract you count
But when considering a Crossruff count winners. That is, count the
of trump tricks you will make in each hand plus any other winners that
are available. In EXAMPLE 5 right, there are 9
4 trump in Dummy, 4 in the hand and the A .
In EXAMPLE 5
the Declarer has the lead and starts the Crossruff. Ruff a Heart, ruff
a Diamond, ruff the 2nd Heart, ruff the 2nd Diamond, ruff the 3rd
ruff the 3 Diamond, ruff the last Heart, ruff the last Diamond. Now
the A .
Defender ruffs your A
for the setting trick. What happened? As you were merrily Crossruffing,
the Defenders were busy discarding Clubs. Was the contract always
No! Declarer had to play the A
BEFORE starting the Crossruff. Then the 9 tricks are there for the
RULE: it is
imperative to take winner(s) in the side suit(s) BEFORE starting the