Week 0171 : 2nd October 2023



A term used when an opponent is given the lead at a vital stage of the play and, with his subsequent lead, is forced to concede a trick or tricks and is therefore ‘endplayed’. The vital point is more likely to occur in the end stage of the play, hence the name.

For example:

South, on play in no-trumps, needs two of the last three tricks.

If he leads a diamond, West will win two tricks. Instead, he uses an ‘endplay’ by putting West on lead with the Q. West is now ‘endplayed’, forced to lead diamonds, conceding the last two tricks.

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