THE LAWS OF EUCHRE
Adopted by the Somerset Club of Boston
March 1, 1888



Section 7


CASE IV.


Leading a trump up to the right.

C

heart  10, 7
diamond  K
spade  J, 10
club  VOID

B

heart  A, Q
diamond  J, A
spade  9
club VOID


Turn card
heart  J

D

heart  9
diamond VOID
spade  7, 8
club  K, 8

A

(dealer)

heart  J, K
diamond  VOID
spade  A, K
club  A

A adopts the trump. Score, four to one in favor of A and C.


First Trick.—B leads the left, C plays the seven of hearts, D the nine, and A wins with the right.


Second Trick.—A leads the ace of spades, B follows with the nine, C with the ten, and D with the seven.


Third, Fourth, and Fifth Tricks.—No matter what A plays, he is euchred, since B wins the last three tricks.



CASE V.


Under-play in fourth hand with a large tenace.

C

heart  J, K, 10
diamond VOID
spade  K, 10
club VOID

B

heart  A, Q
diamond  J, K, 10
spade VOID
club VOID


Turn card
diamond  A

D

heart  8
diamond VOID
spade  Q, 10
club  K, J

A

(dealer)

heart  9, 7
diamond  A, Q, 7
spade VOID
club VOID

Score, three-all. A adopts the trump.


First Trick.—B leads ace of hearts, C plays the ten, D the eight, and A the seven.


Second Trick.—B continues with the queen of hearts, C covers, and wins with the king, D throws the ten of spades, and A the nine of hearts.


Third Trick.—C leads the left bower, D throws the queen of spades, A the seven of diamonds, and B refuses to win by playing under with the ten of diamonds, thereby making a certainty of establishing the euchre with the tenace of right and king in the fourth and fifth tricks.



CASE VI.


Trumping your partner's trick to put the lead through the strong hand.


C

heart  A, 10
diamond VOID
spade  Q
club  J, 7

B

heart  J
diamond VOID
spade  A, 7
club  K, Q


Turn card
diamond  A

D

heart  K, 8
diamond  Q
spade VIOD
club  9, 8

A

(dealer)

heart VOID
diamond  A, J, 10
spade  K
club  10

Score three-all. A adopts the trump.

First Trick.—B leads the king of clubs, C follows with the seven of clubs, D with the eight of clubs, and A with the ten of clubs.

Second Trick.—B continues with the queen of clubs, C plays the knave, D the nine, and A wins with the ten of diamonds.

Third Trick.—A leads the king of spades, B covers with the ace, C plays the queen, and D trumps, and wins with the queen of diamonds.

Fourth Trick.—D leads the king of hearts, A ruffs with the ace, and is euchred by B's left bower.

Remarks.—C in the third trick perceived that his queen was useless, unless used to trump his partner's trick and put the lead through A, with the hope that his partner had the left and might be able to get it in. The ace was turned up, and A could have no card lower than the queen, since he had ruffed fourth hand with the ten.



CASE VII.


Refusing to ruff when you hold the high trump.

C

heart VOID
diamond  7, 9
spade VOID
club  K, 9, 10

B

heart  A, 9, 8
diamond VOID
spade  J
club  8


Turn card
club  Q

D

heart  J
diamond  K, Q
spade  A, 9
club VOID

A

(dealer)

heart VOID
diamond VOID
spade  K, Q
club  J, A, Q

Score, three to one in favor of B and D.


C assists, and A plays alone.


First Trick.—B leads ace of hearts, D follows with knave, and A ruffs with queen of clubs.


Second Trick.—A leads the right, B plays the eight, and D the nine, of spades.


Third Trick.—A leads the king of spades, B refuses to ruff, having the highest trump, thereby euchring A.


The opportunity for this coup of refusing to ruff occurs very frequently.















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