If South draws the opponents' trumps by playing his top spades, he will be left with four diamond losers. The better strategy is to "crossruff" the red suit losers. South should ruff a diamond in dummy, then ruff a heart in hand, and repeat the process to collect all 8 tricks.
In this deal, South's contract is 6. West's opening lead is the
South has a sure club loser and must do something with all his heart losers. Having avoided a trump opening lead,
South can aim to crossruff the major suits. Before starting, however, he cashes the
At trick 3, South plunks down the
Now South can ruff two hearts in dummy and and score two trump tricks in hand. He loses just one club trick in the end.
If South hadn't cashed the
When South ruffs a heart in dummy, East discards a club. Now South must lose two club tricks - East will ruff the
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