Join Bridge Winners
Name This Squeeze (Again!)
(Page of 2)

North
AQ104
103
AK753
A4
South
83
KQ84
KJ98752

From a few years ago. Your opponents are an average minus club pair, and this is an IMPs match. You play in 3N as S after an old-fashioned Acol auction, having bid all suits naturally between you except hearts. Accordingly you get a small heart lead from West. You try the 10 but East rises with the Ace and returns a heart. You win the King and plan the play. You have seven on top and will make routinely if clubs come in, so look for an extra chance before playing them. If KJ of spades are onside you make, so you play a spade to the 10 and it loses to the J. Another heart comes back, and you rise with the Q (pitching a diamond in dummy) and the J drops from West. Knowing your oppos as you do, you know this was an opening lead from Jxx so East began with A9xx.

You now try the club suit playing one to the Ace. However East hesitates and then discards a diamond. What now? 

The only shape that makes sense for East is 4450. If he began with 5 spades or 6 diamonds, he would have had an easy discard. If we assume that the spade finesse is right, that would bring us up to 8 tricks and then maybe we might be able to exert some pressure for a ninth. So what will another club do to him?

If he were to pitch a heart, then our 8 is high. If its a spade then we could finesse the Q and bring the suit in. So he would be forced to pitch a diamond.

We'd then have a throw in. We can finesse the spade and play AKx diamond. Whoever wins is stuffed. They can cash a winner (either a club or heart respectively) but then have to either give you the club suit or put you on table with your spade ace to cash your established diamond. 

There's a triple squeeze and a stepping stone element in there - I haven't seen this exact position in the literature anywhere. Any ideas for a better name?

Are those who discover positions given naming rights?

The full deal:

West
K52
J53
J104
Q1063
North
AQ104
106
AK753
A4
East
J976
A972
Q9862
South
83
KQ84
KJ98752
D

9 Comments
Getting Comments... loading...
.

Bottom Home Top