Definition

An endplay is a strategy applied by the declarer normally toward the latter part of the play of the hand, although it is possible that the preparation for an endplay can be made on the first or second trick. A typical endplay is illustrated below.

Q10974
K632
K53
9
6
QJ104
Q98
K8652
5
A987
AJ76
Q1073
AKJ832
5
1042
AJ4

Dealer:

South

Contract:

4 Spades

Vulnerability:

North/South

Lead:

Queen of Hearts

As the dummy is placed on the table, South realizes that he has four losers: 1 Heart and possibly 3 Diamond losers.

West leads the Queen of Hearts, dummy plays low, East seems to encourage with the Seven of Hearts, and declarer plays his singleton Heart.

West realizes that the Seven of Hearts played by his partner, East, is the lowest Heart in his holding, and decides to shift to playing a trump, which declarer wins in the dummy with the Seven of Hearts.

Declarer now proceeds to set up the endplay by playing a Heart from the dummy, which he ruffs in his hand. Declarer then plays the Ace of Clubs, and proceeds to play a small Club, which he then ruffs in the dummy. Declarer then ruffs a Heart in his hand, and ruffs another Club in the dummy.

The preparation for the endplay has now been accomplished.

The declarer now plays his last Heart, the King of Hearts, East covers with the Ace of Hearts, and declarer discards a Diamond loser, or a loser on a loser.

The situation is now presently shown in the following illustration:

Q10
K53
J
Q98
K
AJ76
Q
AKJ
104
East is now on lead. If East leads the Queen of Clubs, then South can discard a Diamond and ruff in the dummy.

If East leads a small Diamond, then South can win with the King of Diamonds in the dummy.

If East decides to first take the Ace of Diamonds, East must still lead a Diamond to the King of Diamonds in the dummy.

East has been endplayed.

 

 

If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.

 


     
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