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Common Game Friday Aug 16 board 10
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West
K3
2
J10982
J10863
North
A10
A53
AKQ65
A97
East
Q97542
J96
4
K54
South
J86
KQ10874
73
Q2
W
N
E
S
2
P
4NT
P
5
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

This deal showed me some surprising aspects of squeeze play.

At the table my partner won the top diamond lead and drew trumps then played a diamond up. (At teams you might not play for the overtrick and go after clubs, but at pairs 3-3 diamonds was a real chance I think.)

Now it looks natural to try to build a club for a second discard. But East can win the king and play a spade.

There are winning lines still available because of the spade 10 of course. Declarer can simply build an extra spade trick. But it turns out that even without the spade 10 in dummy the contract is still cold no matter who has the club king in a vast variety of different positions.

So let’s take our actual deal and switch the spade 10 and spade two.

And lets give both East and West at least three spades to an honor. And we can even move the club king offside if we want. Declarer wins the diamond, draws trump and test diamonds, finds the bad news and cashes the last diamond and ruffs a diamond to hand.

Then he cashes the fifth trump  and reaches this position.

West
K7
10
K8
North
A2
7
A9
East
Q109
J10
South
J8
8
Q5
D

in this position the last trump squeezes a spade out of West, then the spade ace and a diamond endplay completes West's misery.

Say the club king is onside all along:

West
K7
10
1086
North
A2
6
A97
East
Q109
KJ4
South
J8
108
Q5
D

Two more rounds of trumps force West to bare the C10 or East gets endplayed in spades.

Dummy pitches the low spade and East meanwhile must bare down to the singleton spade honor or else declarer sets up the long club. A spade to the ace and a club towards the queen forces East to take the king. Declarer unblocks the queen and East is endplayed.

Even more fun is if East has all of the KJ10.

Now to succeed declarer runs six trumps and West must keep two spades and four diamonds. A diamond to the eight and king sees the bad news. Declarer cashes the club ace squeezing West down to one spade (or else declarer sets up the diamonds). Now the spade ace and diamond six endplay West to lead diamonds at the end into the tenace -- that 7 is there for a reason!

There are obviously many other ways to make the hand in these variations but it was surprising to me how many different chances there are after diamonds and hearts don't break.

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