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Playing in the qualifying of the Asia-Pacific Bridge Federation pairs the other day, I had this little beauty

West
North
J9
10542
AQJ4
Q42
East
South
A104
AK6
K92
K1085
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1NT
P
2
X
P
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
2
3
K
3
1
0
5
8
Q
A
2
1
1
9
A
3
2
3
2
1
3

West was a believer and slung her J. I thought a switch would look tempting, notwithstanding West's encouraging pitch.

So we're in. Our objective is 11 tricks. How to proceed?

The double finesse is clearly the best 1st move, so we cross to a and give that swirl.

West
North
J9
10542
AQJ4
Q42
East
South
A104
AK6
K92
K1085
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1NT
P
2
X
P
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
2
3
K
3
1
0
5
8
Q
A
2
1
1
9
A
3
2
3
2
1
2
6
J
7
1
3
1
J
2
4
K
0
3
2
8
6

East-West are a pair of lovely Korean ladies. The return is obvious but it's decision time.

If we just cash out the suit and take the marked finesse, we get stuck with a major suit loser. Unless West has all the major suit goodies...

East looked monumentally unconcerned when I pulled the J so I locked on to West having the Q. Now I had a nifty progressive squeeze in my sights!

West
KQ87
QJ83
10863
J
North
J9
10542
AQJ4
Q42
East
6532
97
75
A9763
South
A104
AK6
K92
K1085
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1NT
P
2
X
P
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
2
3
K
3
1
0
5
8
Q
A
2
1
1
9
A
3
2
3
2
1
2
6
J
7
1
3
1
J
2
4
K
0
3
2
8
J
5
9
1
4
2
2
6
8
7
3
5
2
10
8

Win the J blocking the suit (against the 4-2 break), take the hook and cash the other . West has to give you a trick and that lets you squeeze them again (unless they give you the extra trick, which gives you an entry to dummy so you can untangle the 's).

But no! The hand was actually

West
KQ87
QJ873
863
J
North
J9
10542
AQJ4
Q42
East
6532
9
1075
A9763
South
A104
AK6
K92
K1085
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1NT
P
2
X
P
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
2
3
K
3
1
0
5
8
Q
A
2
1
1
9
A
3
2
3
2
1
2
6
J
7
1
3
1
J
2
4
K
0
3
2
8
J
3
9
1
4
2
2
6
8
7
3
5
2
10
8

So when I cashed the 10, West wasn't squeezed in 3 suits. I cashed the K, and overtook the to cash the little now executing a mere simple squeeze.

The annoyance!

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