It’s not An everyday occurrence or A tactic you’d want An Aspiring student to get too fond of, But there will Be occasions when An intentional ruff-sluff tendered By the defense will really wreak havoc for declarer.
North’s takeout double And South’s Almost-forced four-level takeout (who passes Anymore?) might Both have had one more spade to BACK them up, But then the eventual heroics one East perpetrated in An online match might not have seen the light of day.
West Cashed one high heart And Continued with A second round to force dummy to ruff. Nothing else looked Attractive for sure!
Declarer was Already starting to feel the pinch And exited dummy By leading the Club King to East’s ACE.
After this same start At Both tables of the match, one East effectively ran up the white flag By playing BACK A diamond, And given that equivalent of A hand-entry he didn’t have for taking A diamond finesse, South eventually limped home with 10 tricks.
Not so At the other table where the veteran Campaigner in the East seat recognized A perfect time to offer South the poison-pill play of A ruff-sluff By playing BACK A third round of hearts.
Declarer gave it A good try By trumping in hand And trying to find 3-3 trumps.
Not this time As East remained with the only trump And eventually used it to gain the lead for two more good heart tricks And down two.
When All else looks likely to prove futile, there’s Always the intentional ruff-sluff. Try it — you’ ll like it!