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Stefan Ralescu
Stefan Ralescu
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Aug. 3, 2010
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Oct. 2, 2017
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United States of America

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Give West a 6=4=0=3 shape with AJ10432 of spades and 3NT is down on a spade opening lead.
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No, after four rounds of diamonds, West is left with AJ2 of spades and East with three spades. If you give up a club you will lose 5 tricks: 3 spades, a club and a diamond (if West wins the club, he plays ace-jack-deuce of spades).
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Suppose West is 5=4=1=3 with AJ1032 of spades and leads the spade three. If South starts cashing diamonds, on the second and third diamonds West can discard hearts and on the fourth diamond West pitches a middle spade. If South plays a spade at trick 2, West ...
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"If "West has the rest of the deck", and 3 clubs, then 3NT is cold on a Hearts-Clubs simple squeeze." I don't think this is correct.
Compound Squeeze ?
Very nice. This is probably a Hedgehog Squeeze first analyzed by Hugh Darwen in the late 60th. Actually, a spade opening lead would indeed kill the squeeze, but a heart will not do the job. On a heart lead, you win the ace, run diamonds and on the penultimate diamond ...
You got your lead, now what?
Sorry Garry, you are miscounting, the defense will not be able to collect two club tricks.
You got your lead, now what?
BTW, I should have pointed out that when East ducks the club at trick 5 and South runs his remaining trumps, the last trump catches West in a Wombat!
You got your lead, now what?
No, I don’t thinks so. If East ducks the club, South plays all his remaining trumps, keeping Axx of clubs and the ace of hearts, while North remains with Q-x of hearts, the diamond ace, and the jack of clubs. What are West’s four remaining cards?
You got your lead, now what?
If East ducks the club, it appears the ten tricks is a maximum. However, you can overcome this defense by running the remaining trumps. The play of the last trump inexorably squeezes West in the rounded suits, as he will be compelled to find a discard from K-x of hearts ...
Smother Play
Well done trying for a smother play even if you weren’t successful. Let’s make an adjustment to the full deal shown on page 2, giving North AQ3, KQ2, J74, AK106 and East 8, A1054, Q10983, Q95 (with the West and South hands remaining unchanged). Assuming the same defense ...

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